I attended Network Rail’s public consultation session on their plans to improve the Hope Valley line between Sheffield and Manchester, including improvements in Dore and an extra track through Dore and Totley Station.
The proposed improvements in our area (a new track at Grindleford is also in the pipeline) are part of Network Rail’s Northern Hub scheme. If realised, the scheme will create extra capacity and improve frequency and reliability, by allowing passenger trains to overtake freight trains.
The scheme will allow up to 700 more trains to run a day, add space for up to 44 million extra passengers a year, create 20,000 to 30,000 jobs and provide £4bn worth of wider economic benefits to the region.
There will I’m sure be concerns about the environmental impacts of the proposed work and any inconvenience that could be caused during the two years it will take to complete, should it get the go ahead. I would therefore encourage local residents, not just in Dore and Totley, but from across the south west of the city, to have their say on these proposals before the consultation closes early next month.
Visit www.networkrail.co.uk/doregrindleford , call 08457 114141 or email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Dale, Sheffield Conservatives
Queens View, Park Grange Road, S2