Cash vow for station

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FURTHER financial backing for a train station in Ilkeston could be confirmed if borough councillors approve the leading Tory group’s request to set aside £100,000 for the project.

As part of forthcoming budget proposals, Erewash Borough Council’s Conservatives intend to ask the full council at its meeting on the March 8, to put the cash on one side for a new town station.

A spokesman for the group told the Advertiser that the money would be used for preliminary work which would include site assessment and outline planning permission for the project.

Councillor Geoff Smith, lead member for regeneration, said: “It sends out a clear message that the borough council is fully committed to this project and to the social and economic benefits that the re-opening of the station will bring, not only to the people of Ilkeston but to the borough of Erewash.”

Meetings have also been held with Network Rail and companies whose trains operate along the Erewash Valley line to discuss the practicalities of trains stopping at the proposed station site.

Last week the Advertiser reported on a meeting between transport secretary Justine Greening MP, Erewash MP Jessica Lee and officials from Derbyshire County Council.

On hearing the latest news, Miss Lee said: “I am really pleased with the announcement from Erewash Borough Council which can only make our bid more economically viable.”

After the meeting last week Miss Lee told the Advertiser she hopes to have a decision within the next few weeks on whether the government will offer up cash for the work.

Almost 1,400 people have backed the Advertiser’s Back on Track campaign and people are still showing their support.

Advertiser editor, Peter Hemmett, said: “Any financial assistance has got to be good news for helping to get this important project off the ground.

“The campaign seems to have really gained pace lately and hopefully the government with follow suit and show their support too by offering up the remaining money needed for the station.

“It’s not too late for readers to pledge their support by filling out the petition slip on page three and sending it to the Advertiser.”