Frustration over latest station delay

Artist's impression of Ilkeston train station.
Artist's impression of Ilkeston train station.

A second delay to work beginning on Ilkeston Railway Station has been met with anger and frustration.

Derbyshire County Council announced last week that further work, costing £3 million, to prevent flooding would need to be done to meet planning requirements.

The authority said it would need to find ways to make savings, meaning work on the project would be delayed until spring next year, and the station will be opened later in 2015.

The county council, specialist consultants and employees from Network Rail, are now looking at the whole specification of the station to see where savings can be made. They are also looking at alternative solutions to avoid flooding in the car park.

A spokesman said: “This work is taking time, and until it is complete and the council, Network Rail, the Environment Agency and the local planning authorities can agree on the solution then work cannot start.”

People in Ilkeston have spoken out on the delay. Andrew Berry said: “This is annoying to say the least. A station in Ilkeston would be better than having to cross Nottingham city centre for a bus and vice versa.”

Erewash MP Jessica Lee said she will raise the matter directly with the secretary of state for transport, fellow Derbyshire MP Patrick McLoughlin. She said not anticipating such work was ‘a bit like saying we didn’t realise night followed day.’