Station plan is ‘on track’ for 2014 opening

NILALC100507A4 - Erewash election. Conservative winner Jessica Lee
NILALC100507A4 - Erewash election. Conservative winner Jessica Lee

Erewash MP Jessica Lee sought assurance at the highest level this week that Ilkeston station is on track to be open this time next year.

Jessica Lee asked Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin MP about the project in Parliament on Tuesday while infrastructure issues were discussed.

She said: “Will my right hon. Friend assure the House that Ilkeston train station is on target for opening at the end of 2014?

“Such news will perhaps bring a bit of extra festive cheer to the good people of Erewash.”

To which Mr McLoughlin replied: “I assure my hon. Friend that everything I have said about Network Rail and its reclassification will have no impact on the courageous campaign that she has mounted to get a railway station open in Ilkeston by next December.

“When I was in Ilkeston recently, it was suggested to me that it should be called Jessica’s junction.”

An Advertiser campaign saw thousands sign a petition to get a station.