MP calls for new transport plans around Ilkeston station

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Erewash’s MP has visited the site of Ilkeston’s new train station to check on its progress and called again for an integrated local travel plan.

Maggie Throup MP visited the construction site to meet with representatives from Network Rail and Derbyshire County Council, who she asked for reassurances that the project would be completed as soon as possible.

Maggie said: “It’s been a long fight, but I am now confident that 2016 will be the last year that Ilkeston holds the dubious title of the largest UK town without a train station.”

She also used the meeting to reiterate her calls for an innovative integrated transport plan to maximise the impact of the multi-million pound project.

Maggie added: “Now that work is progressing well on the station itself, I want to make sure we put clear plans in place to connect it up properly with our town centre— something which has the overwhelming support of both residents and local businesses.

“I believe the best way to achieve this would be to create a new electric hopper bus service that would operate on a loop to and from the station via the town centre including Bath Street, the Market Place and South Street.

“This is something I will be speaking to the Transport Secretary and Derbyshire County Council about in more detail and I will keep local residents informed of my progress.”

The MP said the construction of the station was also a good opportunity to demonstrate the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects for young people.

Network Rail has agreed to organise a series of trips to the site for local schools over the coming months.