Ilkeston folk have this weekbeen given the chance to see what the town’s new station could look like as plans have been submitted.
Residents can visit four information sessions this week to see plans and maps of the new station set t o be built on the old Ilkeston Junction station site, between Coronation Road and Millership Way,
Once it is built –by the end of 2014 – the station will mean Ilkeston will be connected up to Nottingham, Chesterfield, Sheffield and beyond for the first time in more than 40 years.
Get down to Ilkeston Market today (Thursday November 14) and tomorrow from 1pm to 4pm for the first opportunity to see maps and plans for the new station.
THere is also an information session at Ilkeston Library today from 5pm until 7pm
Villagers in Awsworth can have their say at the Village Hall on Tuesday (November 19) from 4pm until 7pm.
Staff working on the station will be available at all the sessions to answer your questions.
Despite the two station platforms being in Ilkeston in Erewash borough, plans have been submitted to neighbouring Broxtowe Borough Council as the car park, which takes up most of the land used by the station, is over the border in Nottinghamshire.
Broxtowe will consider the application with Erewash Borough Council over the coming months.
Each platform will have a waiting shelter and will be long enough to accommodate trains with up to eight carriages.
The station will include a 150-space car park, including spaces for disabled drivers, cyclists and motorcycles, and there will be a drop-off point, taxi rank and a new bus stop, linking it up to Ilkeston and other nearby towns and villages.
Costing more than £6m, the project has been led by Derbyshire County Council working with partners including train operators and Network Rail.
The Advertiser ran a long-running campaign to bring a station back to Ilkeston before the Government granted the remaining cash for the project in May.