Ilkeston Railway Station latest: Building work will begin later this year

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, MP, takes an overview from the Station Road bridge with Geoff Pickard, the Service Director of Highways at Derbyshire County Council, during his visit to Ilkeston on Friday.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, MP, takes an overview from the Station Road bridge with Geoff Pickard, the Service Director of Highways at Derbyshire County Council, during his visit to Ilkeston on Friday.

It will be months before construction work starts at Ilkeston Railway Station, Derbyshire County Council has confirmed.

The station, originally expected to cost £6.5 million, was due to open in December 2014 but was delayed due to the discovery of Great Crested Newts at the site around this time last year.

It was later revealed that extra flood works would need to be put in place, work which DCC had not accounted for, meaning the plans had to be revised.

Then in March, Transport Secretary Patrick Mcloughlin visited the site to officially declare the start of building work.

However, since then a number of people have raised concerns over a lack of progress at the Station Road site.

Reader Liz Kelly said: “Since March nothing has happened. We are all now wondering if it is really going to happen or not.”

This week the Advertiser contacted the council for an update on how far work had progressed and when the station was set for completion, with a council spokesman confirming that construction work had yet to begin.

Said the spokesman: “In October last year we announced a delay because of unforeseen revisions to the car park as part of the original planning permission.

“We have had to go back to look at the whole design again as the extra work required (for flood mitigation work to the car park) made the project unaffordable.

“That work has taken some time, but we now have a revised design and we expect to know what it will cost by the end of June. We’ve also had to resubmit the whole scheme for planning approval and would hope to hear in the next couple of weeks. Network Rail will then need to get a number of approvals in place before any work can start

“We are still expecting that construction work can begin in the next three or four months.”