Millers Dale station goods shed, on the Monsal Trail, set for £320,000 restoration
The Peak District National Park Authority have secured a grant of just over £320,000 to fund restoration of the derelict goods shed at Millers Dale station, on the Monsal Trail. While the Monsal Trail is in neighbouring Derbyshire, it is part of a network of trails including Tissington and High Peak Trails skirting the Staffordshire boarder and used by many in Staffordshire.
The funds, made available through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) were announced this week, and come just weeks after the completion of works to convert the Millers Dale station building into a café and information hub.
Proposed works will include a new roof built to replicate the original structure, with the building itself converted into an interactive information space that will be open to visitors free of charge. Work should start later this year.
Both the recently renovated station building and goods shed at Millers Dale are part of a number of structures that formed a bustling stop-off on the former Midland Railway line, which closed operationally in 1967.
After later being purchased by the Peak District National Park Authority, and following the re-opening of a number of tunnels along the former railway in 2011, the Monsal Trail is now a hugely popular walking and cycling route attracting hundreds of thousands of visits each year.
Emma Stone, head of visitor experience development at the Peak District National Park said:
"We are delighted to receive this significant funding, especially so soon after the successful completion of the renovation of the Millers Dale station building into the ‘Refreshment Rooms’. The renovated goods shed will provide a generous and historical space in which visitors can learn about railway heritage, but also allow us to embrace technology and other innovative ways to help visitors understand the wider National Park, and plan their next visit."
Peak District National Park News & Media, Friday 24 May 2019