Full steam ahead

Some good news for the Hope Valley Line as the Secretary of State for Transport has given notice of his intention to approve Network Rail’s Transport & Works Act Order application to improve train capacity on the route. The project covers building the passing loop at Bamford, improving the junction at Dore, and building a new Manchester-bound platform at Dore & Totley Station.

This is welcome news for the Sheffield – Manchester route through the Hope Valley as the work will permit a third fast passenger train per hour to run between the two cities. This gives us the opportunity to lobby for one of these three trains to make a call at Dore, plus a Hope Valley hub station, plus Chinley to provide our communities with a fast service and all stations stopping service each hour.

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There is no information on when work by Network Rail will start. However, there is a related statement in the decision letter: “The development must commence before the expiration of five years from the date when the Order comes into force.”

The decision to approve the Order is open to challenge for a period of 42 days and therefore does not come into effect straightaway.

Assuming that the Order is ultimately confirmed, commencement of the project would therefore have to be by the Spring of 2023 at the very latest….. but let’s hope it’s much sooner than that.

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