About Us

Who are FoDS?

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FoDS are a group of people whose aim is to get more services on more days from Dronfield railway station by promoting it and lobbying central government (the Department for Transport) and the train operating companies. Our members include representatives of North East Derbyshire District Council,Dronfield Town Council and the Civic Society. We are actively supported by Derbyshire County Council. It also has the full support of our local MP Natascha Engel; indeed it was she who brought us together by calling a public meeting.

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FoDS was formed in 2007 and now boasts over 200 members including a good many local business sponsors. FoDS wish to ensure that the station is a great place to arrive at and depart from.

Dronfield is one the largest towns in Derbyshire outside Derby with 25,000 inhabitants. We estimate that a further 25,000 live within 3 miles of the station. We believe that FoDS has helped bring about the change in services that happened in December ’08.  Now the station has a long term future and a group to go with it

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Please take the time to look at the links listed below:

Times of trains to Sheffield & Chesterfield


Walk-times to the station


Train itineraries or
Where’s my train been and/or goes to?


Advantages of using the train


Current issues


Why are there issues?


Comparison of train services for other Derbyshire towns


History of the station


Who owns Dronfield Station?


Who supplies the train service?


How could a better service be provided?


The Friend’s goals


 

Some statistics, facts and observations


Usage statistics


Links to other websites


How we started


Report a problem


Contact us
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Current Issues

  • Under reporting of usage due to uncollected fares because:

        Can’t get tickets at station
Often can’t get tickets on the train
Overcrowding
Apathy of some collectors

  • Fares to more distant places are often very much higher from Dronfield than from Chesterfield or Sheffield below is an example:
“Last week I went to St Pancras return.I booked in advance via East Midlands trains. On the website an off-peak return from Chesterfield was £17 each way.If you then tried for the same jouney from Dronfield the fare to be paid was £60 each way!”
  • Station car park is open access and usually full by 8.30 weekdays as it is used by non-station users too.
  • No official advice is given anywhere on the station re alternative transport arrangements if services cancelled

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Why are there these issues?

  • Lack of co-ordination between service (bus and train) suppliers
  • Close to but outside large influential Passenger Transport Executives with their city centred plans
  • No (apparent) liaison between operators (e.g. in times of  disruption or delay)

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History of the station

Opened                       1870 by the North Midland Railway
Closed                        1967 by British Railways (the Beeching Cuts)
Buildings demolished    Circa 1971
Temporarily re-opened  1979 Due to demand caused by Road Gritters Strike
Officially re-opened      1981 by British Rail
DSAG formed               2006
FoDS formed                2007
Best ever service         December 2008 with additional late night service, Sunday morning
and Saturday midday services (2010,2011 & 2012 respectively)

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Advantages of using the train

  • Quick – 11-12 minutes to Sheffield, 5-6 minutes to Chesterfield
  • Less stressful with maybe a short healthy walk
  • Free car-parking
  • Environmentally Friendly
  • Eases congestion in Sheffield and Chesterfield and on the M1 to Nottingham and Leeds
  • Cheaper (if take into account fuel, wear-and-tear and parking charges)
  • Largely weather proof
  • Access to regional and national networks for longer journeys

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Who owns Dronfield Station?

National Rail own Dronfield Station and it is leased to Northern Rail

Who supplies the train service?

Franchised Train Operating Companies (TOCs) supply the service. These currently are:-

East Midlands Trains
Northern Trains

How could a better service be provided?

  • Could stop more trains – They wouldn’t block following services in most cases as there is sufficient leeway
  • Could provide a better ticket service

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FoDS’s goals

  • Enhance current peak hour service in both directions
  • Real-time electronic displays
  • Improved station facilities, ticketing, car-park
  • More press exposure – Better signage
  • Later services
  • Some long distant services could stop
  • Better integration to local buses – Combined tickets
  • Better value for money

We plan to achieve this by influencing the train operating companies and by lobbying the Minister and Dept for Transport through Natascha Engel – our MP.

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Statistics, facts and observations

25,000 local residents
25,000 hinterland residents within 3 miles of the station
Main commuter flow to Sheffield and significant usage to Leeds, Manchester, York etc.

Links

Station Owner – http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/contact/

Station Lessee and Train Operator – Northern Rail http://www.northernrail.org/ 

Train Operator – East Midland Trains– http://www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/ 

Timetables and engineering work delays – National Rail http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ 

Regulator http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk/ 

Dronfield Online http://www.dronfieldonline.co.uk/ 

Web Editor – Michael Muntus – email

How we started

Peter Hayward wrote to the Dronfield Eye in a response to an article therein. A further article appeared and then Natascha Engel (our local MP) took up the cause and set up a public meeting to which over 100 people attended. From this Dronfield Station Action Group (DSAG) was set up and enterered into the technical activities need to cause change. Eventually a more public group to improve the station, Friends of Dronfield Station (FoDS), was set up in June 2007 from DSAG and new members.


Report a problem

With this site – email:FriendsOfDronfieldStation@hotmail.co.uk
With the station –
Tel Northern Rail: 0845 000 0125
Text Northern Rail: 0845 604 5608
Email: customer.relations@northernrail.org
Visit: http://www.northernrail.org/northern/contact_us
Write to:  Northern Rail, Customer Relations, PO Box 208, Leeds. LS1 2BU

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