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OnLine Rail Ticket Links

Train_Ticket_300There are a number of sites you can buy your rail tickets from.  Other methods of buying tickets e.g. Ticket Machine, at a station, on the train are covered elsewhere on the site.

Most of the train operators have sites where you can purchase tickets for any route in the country.  You do not have to book with the company you are travelling with and in some cases you may be travelling with more than one company if you have connections e.g. D&T to London changing in Sheffield.

Here are some sites where you can purchase rail tickets:-

Please note that not all companies will charge you the same.  Some will charge Booking fees some Credit and/or Debit Card and some Delivery charge if you want to receive the tickets by post.

If collecting your tickets at a ticket machine please remember to take the card used for the purchase and the booking reference with you.

When you are travelling please remember to take the tickets and any railcard e.g. 18-25 railcard, with you.
 

Rail Cards & Season Tickets

If travelling regularly between the same two stations e.g. D&T and Manchester it may be cheaper to purchase a season ticket.  These can be purchased for various periods typically between a week and a year.  Here are some sites where you can find additional information and purchase season tickets:-

RailCard16_25_300If you travel several times a year or more it may be cheaper to buy a rail card and get a discount on each journey.  Rail cards are issued for 1 and 3 years and are typically 30 for a year or 70 for 3 years, the Disabled Persons and HM Forces cards are a little cheaper.  With the railcard you can get a third off most rail journeys but there are restrictions with the morning rush hour service, so it is better to check the T&Cs before travelling.  Some websites will offer discounts off the purchase price typically 10% off a 1 year card. Cards are issued for:-

  • Two Together Railcard. This card is for two people who frequently travel together over the age of 16.
  • 16-25 Railcard.  For people aged 16 to 25, or are 26 plus and in full-time education.
  • Family & Friends Railcard. This card is for groups of people travelling together.  You must have at least one child travelling in your group. The card is valid for up to four adults and four children in total.
  • Senior Railcard. For people aged 60 plus.
  • Disabled Persons Railcard. For passengers with a disability and an accompanying adult.
  • HM Forces Railcard.  The Railcard is available to all members of the regular armed forces, certain reservists, and in most cases the partners and dependent children of eligible members.

Please see the websites for the eligibility.  You can purchase railcards from a number of sites including National Rail, East Midlands, TP Express.
railcard.co.uk has more information about the railcards.
For the Forces railcard use hmforces-railcard.co.uk.
 

Rail Tickets

There are four main types of ticket offered by the Train Companies which are:-

  • Anytime - fully flexible tickets
  • Off-Peak - semi-flexible tickets with time and/or date restrictions
  • Advance - book in advance for travel on a specific service
  • Season Tickets - for travel on the same route on a regular or daily basis.

Further details of the tickets which are available and the restrictions are in the National Rail Guide to tickets leaflet.

Group Travel
If you are travelling in a group of 3 to 9 then you may be eligible for a discount see the NationalRail groupsave pages for details of which companies offer this facility.
For groups of ten or over contact the operator which you intend to travel with before your journey.
 

Other Tickets Valid On The Hope Valley Line

SYPTE Have a range of tickets covering trains, trams and buses.  There are town/city and South Yorkshire tickets and some include locations outside the county.  Some tickets are for a particular company e.g. Stagecoach, First, other cover several companies.  See the website for more details

Derbyshire Wayfarer is a train and bus ticket valid on the Hope Valley line from New Mills to Sheffield.  Also valid on all other services in Derbyshire e.g. Sheffield to Derby.*

Greater Manchester Wayfarer.  Greater Manchester have a range of tickets which can be used for part of the Hope Valley line.  The Wayfarer is valid from Grindleford to Manchester but trains must call at Grindleford.  You buy them on the Northern train and can also use them on the Trains, Trams and buses in Greater Manchester.*

Northern Rail have a range of Ranger and Rover tickets.  “The South Pennines Day Ranger”  includes the Hope Valley line.* 

The Northern timetable for the Hope Valley line mentions the following bus/train tickets. “Return tickets on the Hope Valley train service between Sheffield, Hathersage, Bamford and Hope (or Castleton) are valid for return by either bus service 272 or train. Train tickets to/from Hope are valid from/to Castleton on the 272 bus, and bus tickets to/from Castleton are valid from/to Hope on the train.

*Please check the T&C as many of these tickets are only valid at certain times e.g. after Rush Hour.

Smart phone Apps

There are a number of Apps available for Smart phone users.  These include :-

  • National Rail
  • Northern
  • East Midlands
  • Trans Pennine Express

They all provide similar facilities such as:-

  • live departures/ arrivals
  • ticket purchase
  • journey planning
  • Delay Repay info
  • Station Facilities**
  • London Transport information e.g. Underground**

You can download these from your Smart phone Platform Store
**Not all apps have these facilities
 

Live Train Departures

National Rail Departures provides live departure times from Dore station over the next couple of hours.  Why not check you train before you leave home?  Arrivals times and other stations departures are also available if you want to check your connections.

Real time trains provides a more detailed view of the trains progress.
 

 

 

 

Journey Planning

Traveline.info provides door to door planning across the UK.  This can include combinations of trains, trams, bus and walking.  See the Rail Ticket sites above for booking the tickets.

For railway journeys each of the operators and Online ticket sites have journey planning as part of the ticket purchase process.  See the rail tickets above or the Smart phone Apps below for some examples.

Travel South Yorkshire journey planner provides:-

  • similar facilities to the Traveline above
  • bus departure times
  • Sheffield, Doncaster etc. and South Yorkshire ticket information
  • route maps etc.

Ways Of Getting To and From The Station

Walkit_240Walking.  There are many nice walks around the station e.g. Ecclesall Woods.  So if you live near the station and have the time why not combine your journey with a nice walk.  The NHS advice on walking says “Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier.”  Walkit.com is a website which can help you find a walking route to/from the station.

Sheffield City walking pages provides a number of ideas about walking  routes and groups in Sheffield.

Cycling.  There is a covered cycle shelter in the Park and Ride near to the entrance to the platform.  There are no lock and chains provided so please bring your own.  The NHS advice on cycling says “Cycling is one of the easiest ways to fit exercise into your daily routine because it's also a form of transport. Cycling also saves you money,  gets you fit, helps the environment.”

Sheffield City Council have produced information for cyclists in the city.  This provides information on routes, coaching, borrowing bikes etc.

Paper versions of the Sheffield Cycle map are available free from the Central Library or the Sheffield Visitor Information Centre on Surrey Street, next to the entrance to the Winter Gardens.  The information centre will send you a copy if you ask them.

cyclestreetsbox1Four on line versions of the cycle map covering different parts of the city are available on the Sheffield City cycle map page.

Cyclestreets.net is a site which provides cycling routes in many cities including Sheffield and the surrounding areas.  It will provide three routes (fastest, quietest and balanced) for each journey showing the distances, journey time, metres climbed, turn by turn directions etc.  A GPS file can be produced if required.

Travelling with your bike on the Train.  Many operators allow you to take your bike onto the train.  For instance Northern say “Most of our trains can take up to two bikes, subject to space being available. Folded bikes can be taken on trains as luggage without restrictions. For further details please contact our Customer Experience Centre or see our Passenger’s Charter”.
East Midlands trains require you to book you bike on the Liverpool to Norwich(which is the one which calls at D&T) and the Sheffield to London services.
TP Express have two cycle spaces per train but advise you to book in advance.
National Rail have produced a Cycling by train 2016 leaflet which lists general information on travelling with a bike and the reservation policies of each operator in the country.

National Rail have recently introduced Plusbike information pages which provides a one stop site for planning a rail journey with a cycle with any of the operators.  Plusbike includes cycle parking and facilities at stations, cycle hire schemes, carriage rules specific to your journey and reservation details.

Mobility Scooters.  Northern say “Mobility scooters that can be folded and carried on board (similar to a piece of luggage) can travel on our trains. Unfortunately we are unable to accept any other type of mobility scooter for safety reasons.”  For other operators please refer to there websites for details.

Bus.  There are frequent bus services which pass the station on Abbeydale Road South, these include 97, 98 and 218.  Timetables and maps are available at SYPTE timetable site, here is a summary:-

  • service 97 and 98 runs from Hillsborough through the city centre out past D&T station.  The 97 carries on to Totley and the 98 goes to Totley Brook.  During the day Monday to Friday, there are 3 buses an hour in each direction on each service.  The service runs throughout the day starting before 06:00 and finishing after midnight.  There are also frequent services on Saturdays and Sundays.  Totley service 97 timetable can be accessed here.  Totley Brook service 98 timetable is here.
  • service 218 runs from Sheffield Interchange past the station out through Totley and on to Baslow and Bakewell.  During the day Monday to Friday there are 2 buses an hour in each direction, one of these an hour calls at Chatsworth.  The service runs throughout the day but there are few buses before 09:00 and after 18:00. There are also frequent services on Saturdays and Sundays.  Bakewell service 218 timetable can be accessed here.
  • SYPTE Derbyshire Peak District Guide provides a useful timetable and route map of the trains and buses which run between Sheffield and Derbyshire

Car.  There is a Park and Ride, for use of train travellers, which has space for 129 cars.  These spaces fill up quickly during the working week but there are usually several spaces at weekends and bank holidays.  There is a Drop Off and Pick Up Point in the Park and Ride near to the entrance to the Platform.

Taxi.  There is a drop off and pick up point in the Park and Ride near the entrance to the platform which can be used by taxis. 

Timetable Links and Engineering Works

The current train timetables started on Sunday 21st May 2017.  The Northern and TP Express timetables contain all the services from the three operators between Manchester Piccadilly and Sheffield. The three timetables which cover services stopping at D&T are here:-

Engineering Works

Network Rail and each of the operators have websites with the latest planned engineering work.  The relevant operator sites can be found at:-

Franchise Operator Links

There are a number of companies involved in running the railway and services on the Hope Valley line.  Here are some of the key ones and there responsibility.

Northern runs the stopping service between Sheffield and Manchester Piccadilly.  They are also responsible for a number of stations including D&T.

TP Express provides an express service between Manchester Airport and Piccadilly to D&T and Sheffield and onwards to Cleethorpes.

East Midlands Trains provides an express service between Liverpool Lime Street, Manchester Piccadilly, Dore, Sheffield and on to Nottingham and Norwich. They also manage a number of stations including Sheffield.

Network Rail are responsible for the Tracks, Level Crossings, bridges etc. They also manage some of the large Railway stations in the country including Manchester Piccadilly, Birmingham New Street and London St Pancras International.

Rail North represents 29 Local Transport Authorities working together to devolve responsibility for rail franchising from Whitehall to the North of England.  The site covers the strategy for Rail in the North and information on the Franchise processes.