The route of the cycleway links with a number of railways including the Midland Mainline between Derby and Sheffield, the branch line service from Derby to Matlock, the Ecclesbourne railway between Duffield and Wirksworth, and the Peak Rail service from Matlock.
It is envisaged that there will be scope for the railway companies to offer combined cycle/train tickets (e.g. cycle one way and return by train) and discussions with Ecclesbourne Valley Railway have been very positive.
Midland Mainline are working on a programme of cycle hire centres at their stations and the route will allow for easy travel between the stations along the valley.
A further benefit of the cycleway is that it will link to existing National Rail and private train networks and will allow for combined cycle/train journeys to be undertaken in preference to use of cars. Our proposal will provide much needed cycle accessibility improvements linking directly to the proposals to implement HS2 through the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire region.