Ilkeston station on track
Ilkeston railway station remains on track as work to develop the site starts next month.
We successfully won Government cash to build the town a new station and car park − sited between Coronation Road and Millership Way − which is earmarked to open in December.
Work to prepare the site, in advance of construction, is now set to start at the beginning of June.
This will include putting up safety fencing, clearing the site of specific trees, putting ramps across the existing track to allow machinery to move on site and demolishing brick buildings in an area recently used as a scrapyard.
The new two-platform station will be linked by a new footbridge. There will also be a new car park with around 150 spaces for cars, disabled drivers, cyclists and motorcyclists.
A passenger drop-off point and taxi rank will also be built while buses will be able to run to the station and a new bus stop will be installed.
Other facilities will include waiting shelters, ticket machines, customer information screens, passenger help points and CCTV.
The new station means that for the first time in more than 40 years passengers will be able to travel to and from Ilkeston directly between Nottingham, Chesterfield and Sheffield, then link to other destinations further afield.
Temporary traffic lights will be installed on certain local roads to allow site access and for machinery to get in and out of the site.
Some of the works will take place at night for safety reasons and residents are advised there may be some noise disruption.
Councillor Andy Botham, our Deputy Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport, said:
This station has been on the cards for a long-time and is nothing less than the town deserves. The good news is that the preparation work to start developing the station site can now really begin.
"There will be some inconvenience to motorists and people living nearby while the site is prepared, and during construction, but we will try and keep disruption to a minimum and keep local residents properly informed."
Councillor Botham added:
The station will help boost the local economy and importantly, in the long-term, it will play a part in helping to ease congestion on the roads."
As project lead we are putting in more than £1 million towards building costs. Nottingham Housing Market Area is contributing £1 million, plus there's funding of £4.574 million from the Department for Transport's New Station Fund (NSF).
Network Rail is managing the scheme on our behalf. Railway construction is a specialist field and engineering design consultancy services provider URS has been engaged to help with the design of the project. Construction company Carillion will be carrying out the building work.
Find out more about Ilkeston station at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/ilkestontrainstation (opens in a new window)