National rail link puts Wirksworth on the map


An historic railway line is to be linked to the national rail network once again – 67 years after closing.

Wirksworth Station is to be linked to the mainline for the first time since its closure in June 1947.

The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway is based at the station and runs between Ravenstor and Duffield.

Travellers will soon be able to plan journeys from any mainline railway station in the UK to Wirksworth.

Passengers can already buy a ticket at any train station, and will soon be able to do the same online through National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner.

The railway’s timetable is designed to connect with East Midlands Trains at the railway’s southern terminus at Duffield station.

Tom Tait, the railway’s commercial director, said: “I am delighted that Wirksworth is now a destination on national rail network in its own right and I am most grateful to our colleagues at East Midlands Trains who have supported this innovation.

“With the ability to purchase through train tickets to Wirksworth from any mainline railway station in the UK, together with our joint bus and train all day rover ticket with trentbarton, Wirksworth will now enjoy a comprehensive public transport service.”