Consultation on Sheffield rail upgrade plan

Dore and Totley Station, which is set to be doubled in size
Dore and Totley Station, which is set to be doubled in size
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Multi-million pound plans to remove a long-standing bottleneck on Sheffield’s rail network and upgrade services is set for public consultation.

Network Rail is to hold events around south west Sheffield where people can view its plans for Dore and Totley station on the Sheffield to Manchester line.

The station is to be expanded from the current single track and platform to two tracks with a footbridge, meaning more trains can stop there.

Plans also involve adding extra tracks in the Hope Valley so fast trains can pass slow ones – meaning express trains between Sheffield and Manchester can be expanded from two to three each hour.

A Network Rail spokeswoman said: “We are still going through the regulatory process which sets our funding for the five years from next spring but we are still working towards our delivery date for Dore of completion by the end of 2018.

“We are in the process of setting the details for public events about Dore, which will be on November 14, 15 and 16, and which we will be advertising in The Star imminently.”

The Dore and Totley station and Hope Valley improvements are part of the £560 million Northern Hub project to improve trans-Pennine transport links given Government approval last year.

Funding is being made available despite the Office of Rail Regulation cutting £2.4 billion from Network Rail’s original spending plans for 2014-19.

Network R ail is lobbying for £1.4bn of the funding to be restored.

Electrification of the Midland Main Line between Sheffield and London is also on course to happen in 2020, Network Rail added.

Sheffield Council deputy leader Coun Harry Harpham said: “The improvements to Dore and Totley, and the Hope Valley, have been on the cards for a long time.

“We welcome the work that is going to take place and the resulting improvements for people travelling from Dore and Totley, and on services between Sheffield and Manchester.”