Rail success for Ilkeston
Our Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Highways Transport and Infrastructure, Councillor Simon Spencer, pictured at Ilkeston Station.
An afternoon of commemorative events and celebrations was held yesterday to mark the success of Ilkeston Station.
We joined rail industry partners, local school children and members of the community to mark better than expected passenger figures − 30,000 passenger journeys made to or from Ilkeston station since services started just over three months ago.
Activities included a gardening demonstration by pupils from Chaucer Junior School and staff from Tesco − all of whom have adopted the station and will be looking after the grounds − as well as unveiling the winners of a school poster competition.
The new Ilkeston Station opened on 2 April 2017 on the site of the original Ilkeston Junction and Cossall Station which closed 50 years earlier. It was built by Network Rail, off Millership Way and Coronation Road, in a project which we led and were instrumental in getting the Government funding needed to help make it a reality.
We contributed more than £2.83m to the project, £6.674m came from the Department for Transport and a further and £1m came from Nottingham Housing Market Area.
Trains calling at the station are operated by East Midlands Trains − which manages the station − and Northern Rail.
Passengers can catch direct hourly trains running north to Chesterfield, Sheffield and Leeds and south to Nottingham. Some trains also go to Liverpool and Norwich.