Newts need to be trapped for work to begin

Artist's impression of Ilkeston train station.
Artist's impression of Ilkeston train station.
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Work is due to start this month on Ilkeston’s long-awaited £6.5 million train station following a delay caused by the discovery of great crested newts.

However, no work is currently underway. The go-ahead for the platform was given last year after a long-running campaign backed by the ‘Tiser and Erewash MP Jessica Lee.

Construction at the site between Coronation Road and Millership Way was due to begin in June with the platform due to open in December but was delayed following the discovery of great crested newts and additional flood works that need to be carried out.

Builders Carillion carried out work at the site to prepare it before the main construction work starts.

This work included putting up the boundary fence, clearing the site, creating the construction access and trapping the newts.

A spokesman for Derbyshire County Council said: “They have moved off the site at the moment because they have finished most of this work and can’t do any more construction work until the site is cleared of newts.”

The station is due to open in the spring.

Work will take place six days a week.