MP slams planned changes to station

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Erewash MP Jessica Lee has said the latest delay to work on Ilkeston Train Station could have been avoided.

Last week Derbyshire County Council (DCC) announced it was to scale back plans for the new station and three new planning applications have been submitted.

Changes to the original plans include a smaller car park for around 90 cars and shorter platforms.

Jessica Lee said: “The further delays to Ilkeston station are hugely frustrating and, in my view, should and could have been avoided.

“DCC really need to get their act together on this important project.

“The delays have been woeful and avoidable. The station is going to transform opportunities for people and businesses in Ilkeston. However, at the moment, people are hesitating about taking a job in Nottingham or starting a course because they’re not sure when the station will open.

“Having successfully led the campaign to get the railway station reopened, I remain proud of this achievement and I now require DCC to do their job properly, and finish the building work.”

Prospective MP for Erewash, Maggie Throup, said the council was continuing to waste taxpayers’ money.

Councillor Dean Collins said: “We’re doing all we can to get a train station for Ilkeston.

“We know that this is frustrating for local people, as it is for us, but we are doing all we can to get the station built as quickly as possible.”