Friends of Dronfield Station (FoDS) has over 150 members and 28 business sponsors and aims to make Dronfield railway station a great place to arrive at and depart from.
FoDS promotes services and lobbies the DfT and the train operating companies for further improvements an is actively supported by Derbyshire County Council, other regional and local authorities and has the full support of local MP Natascha Engel; indeed it was she who brought the group together by calling a public meeting.
Dronfield is one the largest towns in Derbyshire outside Derby with 25,000 inhabitants. We estimate that a further 25,000 live within three miles of the station. We believe that FoDS helped to bring about the vast improvement in services in December 2008 when the new Leeds-Nottingham service started to call; patronage has grown by over 1,000% to approaching 200,000 journeys ending or beginning at Dronfield every year. FoDS have also won many awards including ACoRPS Best Station Garden in 2012.
Meetings are held approximately every six weeks; please see the group's website for details.
8 March 2014: As of 8am today, a normal and full rail service in both directions resumes from Dronfield. We hope that plenty of people start using the trains now that the disruption has ended.
February 2014: A severe landslip at nearby Unstone has completely closed the southbound track - its services are suspended - and severely curtailed northbound services such that only three trains are calling northbound early in the morning. Remedial work is on the way but not expected to be completed until April 1st 2014. FoDS will do its utmost to ensure passengers are informed when the service restarts to re-establish the upward trend.
14 July 2008: As a result of our beautification project, the station is beginning to look really good with planters replanted, the hay racks, the new flower beds and finally the fence being painted. Thanks to all the volunteers, Millthorpe Nursery, Dronfield Town Council and last but not least Northern Rail.