Work on Ilkeston railway station set to start next month

Work on the new Ilkeston station looks set to start next month.
Work on the new Ilkeston station looks set to start next month.

Work to build Ilkeston railway station is set to start next month, once the final funding has been agreed.

County councillors are due to meet on Tuesday when they will be asked to approve an additional £515,000 towards the development on the Erewash Valley railway line between Coronation Road and Millership Way. The budget for the project is £9.938m.

The extra cash is needed because costs to build the station have increased from original estimates following a major redesign of the layout of the car park to minimise the risk of flooding.

If the extra cash is confirmed, preliminary works which include setting the site up and filling in old mine workings under the site, is expected to start in August, with the main work starting in September. The station is expected to open early next year.

The station – which will provide hourly direct links to Chesterfield, Sheffield, Leeds and Nottingham – will include two platforms linked by a footbridge, each with a waiting shelter, ticket machine, customer information screen, passenger help point and CCTV.

There will be two car parks - the main one, for 90 cars, will be on the east side of the tracks next to Coronation Road while on the west side of Station Street, there will be a separate parking area for disabled drivers, motorcycles and bicycles, a taxi rank and drop off and pick up point closer to the station platforms.

Buses already run past the station site but new waiting shelters will be provided.

Councillor Dean Collins, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said: “It’s good news that we are now very close to starting to build the station. We know it’s been frustrating for everyone that we haven’t been able to start sooner, but now earlier issues have been resolved we have an affordable project.”

Original plans for the station were hit by delays, mostly down to having to substantially alter the station layout to minimise any flood risk. This meant new planning applications had to be submitted to Erewash and Broxtowe Borough Councils.

The discovery of Great Crested Newts has also involved a lengthy programme of trapping and relocating to clear the site before construction could begin.

Ilkeston is one of four towns to win government cash to help build a new station. Around two thirds of the overall costs - £6.374m – will come from the Department for Transport’s New Station Fund.

If the extra £515,000 is secured, Derbyshire County Council which is leading on the project in partnership with Network Rail, the Department for Transport and train operators Northern Rail and East Midlands Trains, will be putting in a total of around £2.2m. The Nottingham Housing Market area is also contributing £1m.

Railway construction is a specialist field and engineering design consultancy services provider AECOM has been engaged to help with the design of the project.