Historic Peak District train station to be re-opened for the first time in over 50 years

Millers Dale Station from above.
Millers Dale Station from above.

A historic former railway will soon be opened again, thanks to a renovation scheme led by the Peak District National Park Authority.

The Millers Dale station, a popular stop on the Monsal Trail, is going to be restored in a development that will see a new cafe and visitor information point created within the former ticket office.

Emma Stone, head of visitor experience development at the Peak District National Park Authority said: “Our former railway trails are one of the Peak District National Park’s most valued and popular assets, with hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and locations such as Millers Dale are welcome and iconic stop-offs on these trails.

“With visitors walking, cycling and riding along these historical routes, it is only fitting that we ensure that heritage buildings such as this can show both a window onto the past, while offering the contemporary facilities that visitors may expect as part of an enjoyable and fulfilling trip to the Peak District National Park.

“This type of development not only safeguards the future of these buildings, but allows us to generate funds to continue looking after them.

“The project will be undertaken with great sensitivity to both the cultural and natural heritage of the site, alongside our experts in these areas.”

Millers Dale station sits on the Monsal Trail, which attracts more than 140,000 visitors every year. Trains last passed through the station more than half a century ago.

Along with restoring the exterior and revamping the traditional feel of the ticket office, careful consideration has also been given to the use of renewable energy and the interests of birds and other wildlife who now call the former ticket office home.

To minimise impacts on species such as brown long-eared bats and migratory house martins, works will take place outside of the breeding season, with new bird nesting areas and bat boxes provided for the following year, after the development is complete.

Works are due to be completed by Spring 2019 and the project will also see improvements to the car park and former goods shed.

Go online and visit www.peakdistrict.gov.uk for more details.