Derbyshire rail campaign group to meet MP

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A railway station Friends group has been praised by an MP for saving the future of the facility.

Shadow rail minister Lilian Greenwood will visit Dronfield station next Tuesday as part of a tour of the East Midlands area, to see different rail services and meet community groups.

She will meet members of the Friends of Dronfield Station.

The campaign group was set up with the help of North East Derbyshire MP Natascha Engel.

Passenger numbers at the station have risen by 352 per cent in five years, since new hourly Northern Rail services were introduced.

Before 2008 there were only sporadic East Midlands Trains calling at the station.

The MP for Nottingham South said: “Before 2008 Dronfield’s rail services faced an uncertain future, but there has been a dramatic increase in passenger numbers thanks to the efforts of local campaigners, Natascha Engel and Northern Rail.

“This transformation is a great railway success story that has benefited Sheffield and North East Derbyshire’s commuter economy.

“I’m looking forward to hearing more about the campaign.”