Councillor Alison Fox

We were very sorry to learn today, 13th October 2019, that County Councillor Alison Fox has passed away. Alison has been very supportive of the group, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family at this sad time.

Cycling & safe walking routes

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)

Earlier…

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 MP’s 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 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 survey and here for the 2015 access report.

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