Robert Largan MP has presented a petition in the House of Commons in support of Access for All funding / Step-free access at Chinley


We have just learned that Derbyshire County Council (Transport, Economy, Environment) will coordinate a bid to apply for Access for All funding for the new DfT funding period. We invited comments again via our social media pages. This link details comments received from the public about the pressing need for improvement (Comments anonymised)

DfT ‘Access for All ‘Programme

Report of the  19th October 2021

During the early part of 2021 Network Rail carried out a detailed report on access issues at Chinley station. Click here for the report’s recommendations on the possibilities for improvement.


Derbyshire Bus Improvement Plan Consultation July 2021

Here’s a link to the survey, being carried out by DCC’s consultants SYSTRA: 

The questionnaire opened on 9 July 2021 and runs until 20 August 2021 

Options for the Future – Update May 2021

In early January 2020 we had a meeting with a senior project officer from Network Rail to discuss options for the future of improved access at Chinley. We have also had a  meeting with Robert Largan, the new MP for High Peak. Both meetings were extremely positive, and we would hope that in the near future we will be able to annouce some positive developments. Given the Government’s July 2020 announcement on a reinvigorated cycling and walking strategy, one might hope that this will dovetail with accessing the railway as well !

During 2020 permission was granted by Derbyshire County Council to use S106 funds from a local housing development towards an enhanced GRIP study to be carried out by Network Rail which would report back in detail on future options for improved access at Chinley Station. The report that has been produced will be available at the beginning of June 2021 at which point all interested parties will be able to ask questions about the conclusions that Network Rail engineers have come to….

Countrywide there are hundreds of stations in the same situation as Chinley – recently we have been contacted by a campaign group in Bedfordshore that is trying to build a national campaign. The ‘Step Free Access’ website has had its petition for “step free access to all stations and all trains ” accepted on the Government’s petition website and can be accessed here

Councillor Alison Fox

During her time as a County Councillor for Whaley Bridge, Alison Fox was an enthusiastic supporter of the Chinley & Buxworth Transport Group. Alison passed away in late 2019. During 2020 a memorial plaque to Alison and her work in the local community  was erected and can be found outside the Chinley Community Centre in Lower Lane Chinley. 

Cycling & safe walking routes – May 2021 Update

Despite the restrictions of the pandemic during 2020/21, members of the Transport Group have continued to look for solutions to the lack of a proper path between Forge Manor and Chinley Primary School. Chris Sizeland, a member of Chapel en le Frith Parish Council, has worked hard on this project and is hopeful of a successful outcome. A safe, direct walking route will mean that the only current walking route to the school will no longer be via  increasingly busy Green Lane.  Chapel en le Frith Parish Councillors’ contact details can be found here . 

During May/June 2019 the Chinley & Buxworth Transport Group received a number of suggestions regarding measures which could be taken to improve conditions for cyclists/commuters with cycles in the Chinley, Whaley Bridge, Furness Vale, New Mills and Hayfield areas.  We have produced a document for consideration by Richard Lovell, Senior Project Officer at the Sustainable Travel Team, Derbyshire County Council. We are also interested in researching improvements to ‘safe walking routes’ particularly in areas where new housing development has not been accompanied by improved infrastructure.

Access Update May 2019

Northern’s Community and Sustainability Manager has just stated that funds have been allocated (2019/2020 budget) to improve platform to train access at Chinley by means of a ‘Harrington Hump’ such as exists on the Manchester bound platform at Whaley Bridge…. Harrington Humps take their name from Harrington station in Cumbria

Access for All Bid

The DfT has just announced (4th April 2019) that Chinley is not one of the 73 stations to receive Access for All funding.

                   Meeting with the Minister at the DfT in London

The full list can be found here.

Following the announcement the C& BTG wrote to the Minister as follows:- (click here)


Northern has examined all the submissions made on Chinley’s behalf for step-free access at Chinley station, and it is our firm understanding that we are on the list submitted by Northern to the DfT. Nusrat Ghani MP will decide between January 2019 and the end of March 2019 which stations countrywide will be improved via Access for All  funds. Many thanks to Parish, Borough, & County Councillors, to the MP for the High Peak, to the High Peak Access group, to Railfuture and to other members of the public  who responded at less than 24 hrs notice in early November to a request from Northern for statements of support !

Step-free access to Chinley station

Following Ruth George’s (former MP) presentation of our 800+ strong petition in Parliament in March 2018, we had an excellent meeting about access at Chinley station at the Department for Transport on 19th June 2018 with Nusrat Ghani, Undersecretary of State with responsibility for access. Present at the meeting were Ruth George (former MP for High Peak), the Paralympian cyclist Katie Toft Victoria and Michael Abbot-Fleming from Burning Nights – CRPS Support and Miriam Walton and Paul Tattam from Chinley and Buxworth Transport Group. We were able to present the Minister with documents produced by CBTG, with documents on behalf of Peak school students, and also a copy of John Benson’s book on ‘ Chinley 150 – a celebration of 150 years of the railway at Chinley’

We are making a concerted effort to get improved access at Chinley station, and are seeking stories of people’s experiences to bolster the campaign.

Have you experienced difficulties gaining access to the platform? Are you put off using the trains because of the limited access?

Please let us know using the contact details above. Click here to access the results of the 2016 station survey. 

Click here to read the research-into-passenger-experiences-of-passenger-assist-november-2017

Access for All benefits everyone – the photo to the right is self explanatory (installation work for CCTV, September 2018)

Access for All benefits everyone !

Better integration of Bus services

  • A member of the group regularly attends the meetings of High Peak Access. This group  exists to promote access for all disabled people, living, working, or visiting the High Peak and surrounding areas; so that all members of society can participate in their community.
  • A member of our group has contributed to the Derbys CC strategic review of bus services (Spring 2017)
  • The group is continuing to press for buses into Buxton in the evening and for existing buses to be timed so that they coincide with the times of the train. We have lobbied Derbyshire County Council to see if it is possible to reroute the Glossop to Chapel-en-le-Frith service through Chinley to provide residents with access to Hayfield and Glossop.
  • The group keeps up-to-date with recent research eg The Campaign for Better Transport’s 2018 review of the bus crisis in the UK.  CBT Buses-in-crisis-2015 report


We are seeking Improvements to station facilities

  • further improvements to the shelter to prevent it flooding and to reduce condensation
  • better maintenance and weather proofing of the overbridge
  • new community notice boards

    New signage for Chinley station

  • better signage in order to advertise Chinley, Whitehough and Buxworth as places to explore