Work will start on Ilkeston Railway Station this month

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Work to build Ilkeston station is set to start at the end of this month and will take seven months.

Deryshire County Council stated that preliminary works, which include setting up the site with office cabins and investigation and treatment of any old mine workings underneath the new platforms is due to begin the week of September 28.

There will be several weeks while any mine workings are investigated and treated then construction of the station can start, which is likely to be in November.

Works in the coming months will include building the platforms, removing and installing a new and wider footbridge - making it easier for cyclists and pedestrians to pass - and building two car parks.

The station is due to take around seven months to build from the start of construction and is set to open in summer 2016.

Councillor Dean Collins, cabinet member for highways, transport and infrastructure, said: “It is great news that work to build Ilkeston Station is about to start. It will be a big boost for the town, benefitting the local economy and meaning much shorter journey times for people wanting to commute and generally get out and about more quickly.

“Building a railway station is a complex engineering project and while we’ve had some difficult issues to overcome along the way, these are now resolved and everyone working on the project is committed to getting the station open as soon as possible.”

The budget for the station is £9.938m, made up of £6.674m from the NSF, £2.264m from us and £1m from Nottingham Housing Market Area. Key project partners are Network Rail, the DfT and design consultants Aecom. Services from train operators Northern Rail and East Midlands Trains will call at the station.

The main car park, for 90 vehicles, will be on the east side of tracks between Coronation Road and Millership Way. The west car park next to Station Street will include disabled and cycle parking and a taxi drop off and pick up point.

The platforms will include ticket machines, waiting shelters and customer information screens. Plus there will be new bus stops on Coronation Road to allow buses to serve the station.

For the first time in nearly 50 years Ilkeston will have train service. Trains will run hourly direct; north to Chesterfield, Sheffield and Leeds and south to Nottingham. Some trains will also go to Liverpool and Norwich.