Councillor calls for return of direct rail service between Carlton and Matlock

The deputy leader of Gedling Borough Council Cllr Michael Payne has thrown his weight behind a campaign to get direct rail services from Carlton to Matlock reinstated.

Councillor Payne is now putting pressure on Grant Shapps, the Secretary of State for Transport to bring back the route that was once operated by local train operator East Midlands Railway.

For years the popular service took local passengers directly into the Peak District from Carlton Station but was removed last May and replaced with a new direct service to Crewe.

Those now looking to make the trip to Matlock by rail face a two-hour journey to the tourist hotspot as a change at Derby is now required.

Councillor Payne decided to write to Shapps this week after becoming angered by East Midlands Railway’s decision not to reinstate the service despite repeated calls from passengers.

He wrote: “Residents across Gedling borough are disappointed and angry about East Midland Railway’s decision to permanently remove the service

“The direct route into the popular destination of Matlock provided excellent accessibility to the beautiful Peak District for local families. It is such a retrograde step for East Midlands Railway to have removed this important service.

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He added: “I’d urge you and the Department for Transport to support communities here in Gedling borough who have been affected by this disappointing decision. Your assistance in resolving this important issue would be appreciated.”

East Midlands Railway said they had ‘no plans to operate the direct link’ following last year’s timetable change.

They said there will be consultations into timetable changes in the coming years and ‘residents can feed into that process’. 

The spokesman said: “Overall, our timetable change provides more seats, quicker journeys and a simpler and more resilient timetable for passengers.

“This includes the introduction of an additional train every hour between Nottingham and Derby as well as additional weekday evening services between Nottingham, Newark Castle and Lincoln.

“By extending our services from Crewe and Stoke-on-Trent through to Nottingham and Newark Castle we are introducing new direct journey opportunities between some of the largest towns and cities on our network.”

A number of Gedling Eye readers have contacted us to voice their anger at the decision.

Amanda Mee lives in Netherfield and said she used the service every summer to take her children to Matlock attraction Gulliver’s Kingdom.

“I don’t drive so it’s not somewhere we look to go now,” she said.

“It was easy before. Straight there and back but taking pushchairs and getting on and off trains is difficult. It’s a shame as it was nice to get the kids out into that beautiful countryside.”

Jed Brook is a Carlton resident who often took the train to go walking in the Peaks.

He said: “You hear the government want cars off the road and cut carbon emissions but they are quite happy to allow rail firms to cut services like these and get us back in cars and polluting the Peak District.”

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