Train station views are taken on board

Artist's impression of Ilkeston train station.
Artist's impression of Ilkeston train station.

A masterplan featuring proposals for the area around Ilkeston’s new train station has been unveiled.

A number of ideas were put forward by a senior planning officer from Erewash Borough Council at a meeting held at Gladstone Lodge in Ilkeston.

The plan is aimed at promoting economic regeneration in the area around the new train station, due to open in the spring, and creating pathways to the town centre, which is a mile away.

Senior planning officer, Adam Reddish, outlines plans from the Ilkeston Gateway Supplementary Planning Document.

The document includes improvements to Station Road, such as signalisation to slow vehicles and make it safe for pedestrians and cyclists.

Improvements would also be made to the junction of Station Road and Digby Street.

The council is keen on introducing an ‘attractive’ cycle and walking route from the station to the town centre.

The canal towpath would also be connected to Cotmanhay via Jervis Court with new surfacing and a new bridge across Stensons Lock.

As well as this a bridge over the River Erewash would be replaced with a wider alternative and there also be links to Bennerley Viaduct.

A public consultation ends tomorrow (Friday) and will take people’s views about the SPD on board.

Mr Reddish told the meeting: “We are trying to identify an attractive route from the train station into town.”