Trains to run more frequently

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RAIL passengers in Sheffield will benefit from faster, more frequent trains, and Dore station is to get a long-awaited extra track and platform.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced £130m of investment in the Northern Hub train project, which will improve rail services between Sheffield and Manchester.

Extra tracks will be laid, meaning fast trains can overtake slow ones, and services are being increased from two to three an hour.

The extra track and platform for Dore will increase capacity on the Hope Valley route and shorten the journey by about five minutes, with a new passing loop at Grindleford or Dore and capacity improvement at Chinley.

Mr Osborne said: “For years, transport investment in the North of England was neglected. Not under this Coalition Government.”

Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg said: “I have been campaigning for improvements at Dore for years and I am very proud the Coalition Government is delivering.

“This massive investment is great news for Sheffield. It means more trains, faster connections and less overcrowding for people travelling between Sheffield and Manchester. It is good for passengers and good for business.”