Countdown to Ilkeston Station opening begins
STEAMING AHEAD: Checking out progress at Ilkeston Station, pictured from left, Network Rail's Dionne Cox, Councillor Dean Collins from Derbyshire County Council and Rob Burton from East Midlands Trains.
Work to build a £10m railway station in Ilkeston is in the final stages with trains set to call at the platforms from 2 April 2017.
It will be the first time passenger trains have stopped in Ilkeston in more than 50 years when the new station opens off Millership Way and Coronation Road following a project we led in partnership with Network Rail.
The new station stands on the site of original Ilkeston Junction and Cossall Station − later known as Ilkeston Junction − which was opened in 1847 by Midland Railway and closed on 2 January 1967.
Northern Rail and East Midlands Trains will run services to and from the new station with direct hourly trains running north to Chesterfield, Sheffield and Leeds and south to Nottingham. Some trains will also call at Liverpool and Norwich.
Cabinet Member for Highways Transport and Infrastructure Councillor Dean Collins said:
"The wait is almost over for residents who will soon be able to catch trains from Ilkeston some 50 years after the last station closed.
"Ilkeston Station will be a great boost to the area. It will mean much quicker commuting times compared to travelling by car, help 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.
"The station reflects the county council's commitment to Midlands Connect which is a long-term partnership set up to improve road and rail capacity in the region to fire-up the Midlands Engine − a Government initiative to boost the UK economy by investing in the Midlands as the nation's manufacturing heartland."
Around 160,000 people are expected to use the station in its first year.
Gary Walsh, area director for Network Rail, said:
"We are looking forward to Ilkeston station officially opening to passengers on Sunday, 2 April.
"The services to and from the station will provide the people of Ilkeston with better transport links to the surrounding areas and we are excited for passengers to feel the benefit.
"I'd like to thank residents for their patience whilst the station has been built and hope that they enjoy using it."
Passengers will be able to buy tickets from machines placed on the two platforms which will also feature waiting shelters and customer information screens.
Two car parks have been built for passengers driving to and from the station - a main car park with 90 spaces on the east side of the tracks and another on the west-side for disabled drivers, motorcycles and bicycles, a taxi rank and drop off and pick up point.
New bus stops and shelters will also be placed on Coronation Road for passengers travelling to and from the station by bus.
Road safety improvements have already been put in place in the area where Station Street joins with Coronation Road. Measures included better street lighting, raised road platforms to slow traffic and improved visibility at the junction with Station Street.
We contributed more than £2.26m to the project and made a successful bid to central Government for a further £6.674m. £1m was also contributed by Nottingham Housing Market Area.