The Peaks and Dales Line

Sustainable integrated transport - connecting local, regional and national communities


The Peaks and Dales Line is the name given to our proposals for reopening the former Midland Mainline that would enable the return of a regular, direct Manchester to Derby service via Buxton, Bakewell and Matlock service for the first time since closure in 1968.


Manchester and East Midlands Rail Action Partnership Limited (MEMRAP) is the campaigner supporting Peaks and Dales Railway Limited to develop and promote the reinstatement of the Peaks and Dales line.


We are currently developing the first stage feasibility study with support from the Department for Transport.


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The Railway

THE peaks and dales line


By reinstating and upgrading around 36 miles of the original route, our proposals deliver a direct railway connection between Manchester and Derby for the first time since 1968, providing national, regional and much needed connectivity for the local communities along the route.

The Trail

The monsal trail


Approval for the trail was linked to safeguarding the route for the possible future reinstatement of the railway.


Planning consents require a replacement trail to be constructed within the National Park as part of the reinstatement of the railway.

One Solution

rail plus trail


Rail plus Trail summarises our approach to the reinstatement.


Our proposals include enhancing the trail experiences, 

improving access for all along the reprovisioned trail route as well as improving other routes, ensuring continuity of access to a trail during the period of railway construction.


Sustainability and investing in biodiversity and the environment are at the heart of our proposals.


Given the number of visitors to the Peak District National Park each year, and the openly acknowledged 'unsustainable transport problem' created by around 95% of those Park visitors arriving by car, this is a long-standing and ongoing situation that can only be resolved by having a multi-modal integrated transport solution that includes rail.


Re-opening the line provides a unique opportunity to deliver a sustainable transport solution, with significant carbon reduction potential through modal shift from road to rail, and investment in nature recovery networks along the route.