Ilkeston Railway Station will be open to the public in just ten weeks’ time - with the first passenger trains pulling up there on April 2.
Network Rail is currently still working on the station and it must undergo tests to ensure it is ready for the start of train services before opening.
The news was passed on from Network Rail by email to Erewash MP Maggie Throup and will be welcomed by Ilkeston folk.
A Network Rail spokesperson said: “We are in the final stages of construction at Ilkeston station, with building work set to last several more weeks, including the installation of the final section of the footbridge.
“We thank anyone affected by the construction of the station for their patience and will provide a further update as soon as we have it.”
Erewash MP Maggie Throup said: “I am delighted that we finally have a firm date for passenger trains at Ilkeston’s new station.
“The station will not only transform the way local people travel, but will undoubtedly give a significant boost to the local economy and attract new business to the area.
“Sunday April 2, 2017, will be an historic day in the life of our town as we finally cast off the dubious title of ‘the largest town in Britain without a station’ and I for one cannot wait to be on that first passenger train as it pulls into Ilkeston Junction.”
The new station is located between Millership Way and Coronation Road.
A wider footbridge is being installed over the line and there will be shelters, ticket machines and CCTV on both platforms.
Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, Councillor Dean Collins, said: “April 2 is the date Network Rail has given us for the station opening to passengers and we’ll be doing all we can to help make sure the project stays on track for this date.
“This is great news for Ilkeston. It means people will be able to get to Nottingham much quicker – around 15 minutes by train compared to 40 minutes or longer by car or bus.
“It also means people will be able to get to Chesterfield and Sheffield directly from Ilkeston for the first time – taking just half an hour to Chesterfield and 40 minutes to Sheffield.
“Ilkeston has been without a passenger station for around 50 years and the new station will help reduce congestion on the roads, encourage visitors and bring new business opportunities to the area.
“I’d like to thank everyone locally for their patience while work to build the station continues.”
The Advertiser has been pushing for the re-opening of the train station in Ilkeston since 2010.
As a result of our ‘Get Ilkeston Back on Track’ campaign, more than 1,500 residents signed a petition which was presented to the House of Commons.