Parish council agree deal to adopt Cromford rail station

County Councillor Irene Ratcliffe (right) with members of the Cromford Station Adopters working group.
County Councillor Irene Ratcliffe (right) with members of the Cromford Station Adopters working group.

Cromford Parish Council has agreed a new arrangement to formally adopt the village rail station and secure its future in the heart of the community.

For the last two years, members of the council and local residents have been working together to improve the station environment and make it more passenger-friendly.

Over the winter, more than 1000 plants and bulbs have been planted along the station embankment which will create an impressive display and a boost to wildlife.

Over the winter, more than 1000 plants and bulbs have been planted along the station embankment which will create an impressive display and a boost to wildlife.

But now the parish is making a greater commitment, having agreed to contribute £250 a year towards plants and equipment for station maintenance and stepping up volunteer recruitment to help with the work.

The council has also received £500 from Derbyshire County Councillor Irene Ratcliffe’s Community Leadership Fund towards purchasing tools and equipment.

Coun Ratcliffe, who also chairs the Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership, said: “I am so pleased the parish council has agreed to adopt their local station.

“The improvements made by volunteers at Cromford have been amazing, and this new commitment will ensure there is continuity and a sustainable future for this work.”

The Station Adopters group currently work two mornings a month, preparing and caring for plant displays and and overseeing building and landscape projects.

If you are interested in helping, call 01773 831025.