School are encouraged to take pupils by train

Schools along the Derwent Valley Line are being invited to get on board the train for school trips.

A new guide for School Trips along the Derwent Valley Line has just been launched, detailing trips for school groups to 16 attractions between Nottingham, Derby and Matlock.

School groups of ten or more benefit from a 26 per cent saving on train fares.

Last summer, Louise Nicholson a teacher from Pottery School, in Belper, took 60 children on the train from Belper to visit Cromford Mill. She said: “Travelling by train was fantastic. It was fun and exciting for the children, easy to book and very simple to organise on the day - even with 60 children! Above all, it was excellent value for money. We will definitely be using the train to get the children out and about in the future.”

Cllr Garry Purdy, Chairman of the Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership, said: “We realise that transport costs are a major issue for schools to get out to local attractions and hope that these discounted group fares will prove particularly attractive.”

David Horne, managing director of East Midlands Trains, said: “Since the launch of our hourly train service between Nottingham and Matlock in 2008, we’ve seen the popularity of train travel on this route grow. We think this is a great initiative that will help provide an educational and great value for money trip out for schools in the area.”

For further information call 01629 538681 or e-mail: alastair.morley@derbyshire.gov.uk