RAIL campaigners this week celebrated the Sheffield launch of an extra service through the Hope Valley that they say will mean more residents will be able to use the train to get to and from work.
Musicians who play once a month on the Hope Valley folk train – the next is on Tuesday – joined members of Hope Valley Rail Users Group for a party-style send-off last Monday.
The new Northern Rail service is the 16.45 from Manchester and a returning 18.14 service from Sheffield, filling a two-hour gap in the evening peak timetable.
Hope Valley resident Sarah Roberts said the hourly service “should significantly increase train travel both by commuters and visitors to this beautiful part of the world”.
Tribute was paid to Sheffield rail expert and former city councillor Peter Fox, who died last February, and was one of the driving forces in securing the improvements.
Group vice-chairman James Shuttleworth said: “When everyone was saying that nothing could be done, Peter demonstrated that it could.
“Without his work we would not be waving this train off and it should be seen as a lasting tribute to him.”