Work has started on Ilkeston’s brand new railway station.
The Derbyshire town once had three stations but the last one closed in 1967. The £9.6 million station, which has been part-funded from the government’s new station fund, will provide direct, hourly connections to Nottingham, Chesterfield and Sheffield.
Two platforms and a car park will make it easy for local people to use. The nearby Station Cafe is looking forward to an upturn in business.
Recently, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin visited the site and met staff. ‘The new station at Ilkeston will make a real difference to the local area when it opens, and will help secure economic growth across the region by linking people with jobs, and businesses with people.’
He added, ’Investing in projects like this is a central part of our long-term economic plan, as part of the record investment in our rail network between 2014 and 2019. I am pleased that work is now underway, and I look forward to it being completed as soon as possible.’
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