The demolition of the old building at Ilkeston Railway Station marks the start of work finally getting started on the £6 million project.
Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, visited the site today (Friday) to signify the bulldozing of the building which in recent years has been used a scrapyard.
I’m glad we are getting Ilkeston back on the map
The secretary faced questions about why the station had taken so long.
He said: “Within the next 12 months trains will be operating from this site.”
Asked about the delays caused by the discovery of Great Crested Newts at the site, he said it was common to find the protected species at sites that had water.
He said: “I’m glad we are getting Ilkeston back on the map. It may attract more investment to the area and people will be able to move about without their cars.”
Demolitions work is due to take place over the weekend.
He said: “We hope to have trains running from December this year.”
He also praised the work of Erewash MP Jessica Lee for the commitment she showed to getting a railway station back in Ilkeston.
Asked by the Tiser if he would be getting the train to visit Ilkeston in the future, he replied “Yes, I will get the train to Ilkeston. I spend a lot of time on trains.”
Ground clearance work at the site has already been carried out, including cutting back trees and shrubs.
The main construction work is expected to start in the summer, once any remaining newts have been trapped and relocated.
When it is completed it will have two platforms, linked by a footbridge, with passenger waiting shelters.
There will be two car parks, one for 90 cars, and a separate disabled and taxi parking area, cycle parking and pick up point.
Ilkeston has been without a station for 40 years.
Once open hourly trains services will run directly to Nottingham, Chesterfield and Sheffield.