Experts set to help rail group

Parry People Mover tram-train which could run on the Sheffield-Stocksbridge rail line
Parry People Mover tram-train which could run on the Sheffield-Stocksbridge rail line
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Campaigners fighting for a train service between Sheffield and Stocksbridge are being helped by a top international firm.

Mott MacDonald, which has offices in Sheffield and is an expert in rail engineering, has offered help to Don Valley Railway – a group of volunteers who want to run a regular service along the route.

David Goodison left, Chairman of the Don Valley Railway and David Jowle at the Don valley railway Company public exhibtion at Stocksbridge Library

David Goodison left, Chairman of the Don Valley Railway and David Jowle at the Don valley railway Company public exhibtion at Stocksbridge Library

A spokesman for Don Valley Railway said: Mott MacDonald has offered to assist us in delivery of our business plan for the project.”

DVR has also held a further meeting with South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, which supports the reopening of the line – currently only used by freight trains to and from Stocksbridge steel works – ‘in principle’.

If DVR secures funding to operate services, it has two options for trains to use on the line – a Parry People Mover, which is similar to a tram and currently operates on a route in the West Midlands, or by leasing diesel trains currently in use on other services in the area.

A previous study on behalf of DVR, by consultants Arup, said it would cost £4 million to upgrade track and build new stations.

Arup initially recommended running a shuttle service between Sheffield and Deepcar, then opening extra stations at locations such as Oughtibridge and Stocksbridge.

■ DVR is to hold its regular meeting at the Harlequin pub, Nursery Street, Sheffield, on Thursday, September 6, between 7pm and 9pm.

DVR’s petition – backed by 2,000 people so far – calling on the Government to support train services between the city and Stocksbridge can still be signed.

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