Forty years of no station

DESPITE a busy line passing yards away from the town, Ilkeston has been without a train station for more than 40 years.

Ilkeston Junction and Cossall was the last of four stations, which served the town, to close following the infamous Beeching report in the 1960s.

In his report Dr Richard Beeching advised the Government to close stations thought to be losing British Rail thousands of pounds.

'Beeching's axe' fell on 2,128 stations, including Ilkeston Junction in 1967 - at the very site being put forward for the new station, 'Ilkeston Parkway', in 2012.

It was opened in 1847 at the junction of a short branch line to the Ilkeston Town station in Bath Street.

Another station, Ilkeston North, was found in Heanor Road on the Derby-Nottingham line, and Trowell station was located near the old mill off Ilkeston Road, which burnt down in June.

In contrast to when most townsfolk were within a few minutes' walk from a station - today, the nearest is five miles away.

Peter Stevenson is a transport enthusiast and member of Ilkeston and District Historical Society, who has edited a book called Midland County Railway on rail travel in Derbyshire.

"Rail travel liberated the working classes in the 19th century - it gave them the chance to travel," he said.

"The local railways were built on the premise that they would carry coal freight but they soon discovered there was more money to be made from passenger travel, due to the large demand from workers in Ilkeston."

So let's all help bring Ilkeston back into the modern era by showing your support for our new campaign and signing our petition which you will again find in next week's Advertiser.

"The local railways were built on the premise that they would carry coal freight but they soon discovered there was more money to be made from passenger travel, due to the large demand from workers in Ilkeston."

So let's all help bring Ilkeston back into the modern era by showing your support for our new campaign and signing our petition.

Forty years of no station

despite a busy line passing yards away from the town, Ilkeston has been without a train station for more than 40 years.