Just a handful of projects nationally have been invited to submit an outline business case for funding as part of the government’s £500 million Restoring Your Railway programme to reinstate closed local rail services and restore former stations.
We’re working with South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority and Network Rail to develop the business case to reopen the current, freight-only Barrow Hill line between Chesterfield and Sheffield to passengers.
If the outline project gets the green light at the next stage, it will signal the start of work to reintroduce passenger trains on the line and build up to 4 new stations in Derbyshire at Whittington, Staveley Barrow Hill, Eckington / Renishaw, and Killamarsh.
A new station could also be on the cards for Castle Gresley now proposals to reopen the Ivanhoe Rail line from Burton-on-Trent to Leicester are being progressed, with funding provided to Network Rail to carry out more work there too. We have supported the application led by local interest group Campaign to Reopen the Ivanhoe Line (CRIL) and Leicestershire County Council.
Our Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Environment, Councillor Carolyn Renwick, said:
“This is all part of the Levelling Up agenda and we’re pleased that government has recognised the need to reintroduce passenger services along these 2 routes.
“Significant new employment and housing development is already planned along the Barrow Hill Line route with long-overdue investment in this part of Derbyshire kick-started by the Staveley Town Deal.
“Reopening both lines would build on this momentum, making it easier for people to travel to work, education, and healthcare, cutting congestion, improving air quality, and promoting greener travel as part of our commitment to cut carbon emissions to help tackle climate change.”
It is anticipated that the next stage of work by Network Rail should take approximately 4 months to complete.