Changes to station plans to cut costs

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

New plans that will lower the cost of building Ilkeston’s train station are be submitted by Derbyshire County Council .

The council says that changes to the car park design and entrance and exit to the new Ilkeston Station are needed to reduce the cost of the project - originally set out as £6 millions.

The changes include shorter platforms, a smaller car park, a separate disabled and taxi parking area, and a single entrance and exit to the car park.

It now needs to submit three new planning applications to Erewash Borough Council and Broxtowe Borough Council. These are due to be put forward on Monday.

The county council is asking for further planning approval from Erewash for the station platforms, from Broxtowe for the main car park, and from both authorities for the footbridge that links the two and straddles their borders.

Revised planning permission is required because the design and layout of the car park and station has changed since original planning permission was granted in January last year. Councillor Dean Collins, cabinet member for highways, transport and infrastructure, said: “We know that this may be frustrating for local people, as it is for us, but we are working tirelessly to get this station built as quickly as possible.

“Building a train station is a complex engineering project and we have had some issues that we couldn’t have foreseen.”