Matlock Bath railway station

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Matlock Bath National Rail
Matlock bath platform.jpg
Matlock Bath Station, 2007
Place Matlock Bath
Local authority Derbyshire Dales
Grid reference SK297584
Station code MTB
Managed by East Midlands Trains
Number of platforms 1
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14 Increase 58,746
2014/15 Increase 63,252
2015/16 Increase 70,588
2016/17 Increase 75,608
2017/18 Increase 86,186
1849 opened
1967 closed
1972 reopened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Matlock Bath from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Matlock Bath railway station is a Grade II listed[1] railway station owned by Network Rail and managed by East Midlands Trains (EMT) Train operating company (TOC). It is located in the village of Matlock Bath in Derbyshire, England. The station is unmanned and is located on the Derwent Valley Line 16.25 miles (26.15 km) north of Derby towards Matlock.


Matlock Bath station from the car park, showing the characteristic "Swiss" styling

Opened by the Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midland Junction Railway on 4 June 1849,[2] the station is located in the centre of the village. The station buildings have an unusual 'chalet' style, inspired by the romantic notion at the time that the resort was England's Little Switzerland. The Heights of Abraham cable car runs up from near the station to the Heights of Abraham visitor attraction.

The station was closed on 6 March 1967, and reopened on 27 May 1972.[2]

In recent times the usage of the station has increased; for example in the year 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010 journeys increased by 62%.[3]


The station is served by East Midlands Trains Local, who operate the following service:

Monday to Saturday – Hourly service westbound to Matlock without a stop and hourly eastbound to Newark Castle via Derby and Nottingham calling at all intermediate stations. The first and last eastbound services terminate prematurely at Nottingham.

Sundays – Two-hourly service westbound to Matlock without a stop and two-hourly east bound to Nottingham via Derby calling at all intermediate stations.

Services are formed using diesel multiple units of Classes 153, 156 or 158.

Public safety issues

In October 2015 Network Rail released CCTV footage showing members of the public taking photographs on the main crossing over the tracks at the station. Network Rail issued a safety warning as a result and said the railways were not for taking photographs on and that trains can appear without warning. Network Rail said it was releasing the footage to highlight the dangerous practices, particularly involving children on the railway line.[4]


  1. ^ Historic England, "Matlock Bath station (1247893)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 11 March 2017
  2. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 156. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  3. ^ "Record Growth on the Derwent Valley Line". September 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2010.
  4. ^ "Warning after CCTV is released showing families with children taking selfies on rail track at level crossing". ITV News. 2015-10-26. Retrieved 2015-10-26.

External links

  • Train times and station information for Matlock Bath railway station from National Rail
  • Matlock Bath station, 1903
  • Friends of the Derwent Valley Line
  • Derwent Valley Line East Midlands Trains Community Rail Partnership
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Coordinates: 53°07′19″N 1°33′29″W / 53.122°N 1.558°W / 53.122; -1.558

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