LABOUR-LED Derbyshire County Council is leading on a project to bring a new railway station to Ilkeston. The town has been without a railway station for around 50 years, but residents are delighted that construction for a new station will begin next week.
The development, set to begin on 4th April 2016, is anticipated to be completed in around seven months so should open in late autumn. The new station will have two platforms which will be linked by a footbridge. Both platforms will house waiting shelters, ticket machines and customer information screens.
Hourly trains will run north to Chesterfield, Sheffield and Leeds as well as south to Nottingham and an anticipated 160,000 passenger will use the station in its first year.
Councillor Dean Collins, Labour’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said: “I’m delighted that progress to build Ilkeston station is now well underway. The new station will be a great boost to the area.
“It will mean much quicker commuting times, helping to reduce congestion on the roads, and it will improve connectivity to nearby major towns and cities helping to encourage visitors and bring new business opportunities to the area.”