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  • Hope Valley improvement scheme

    As part of the Northern Hub – bringing faster, more frequent services across the north of England – we’re drawing up plans to increase capacity on the railway between Sheffield and Manchester

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  • We are improving the Hope Valley’s railway as part of over £1 billion of investment to deliver faster, more frequent services across the north of England.

    We're planning to introduce faster, more frequent services on to the route between Manchester and Sheffield by improving sections of railway in the Hope Valley close to Dore & Totley station, and between Bamford and Hathersage stations.

  • Demand for rail travel between Sheffield and Manchester is increasing, with forecasts showing potential growth of 56 per cent in Sheffield and 66 per cent in Manchester by 2029.

    Our work will enable faster passenger services to overtake slow moving freight trains. This will deliver better journeys on the Hope Valley line between Manchester and Sheffield by improving:

    • Capacity: three fast trains per hour, instead of two, between Manchester and Sheffield
    • Frequency: an hourly local stopping service, instead of one every two hours, on the Hope Valley line
    • Reliability: opportunity for fast passenger services to overtake slower local services, if required, during times of service disruption

    Why we're consulting

    Where we are proposing to use land or build outside of the established boundary of the railway, we will prepare an application for these particular elements of the scheme and apply for a Transport and Works Act Order to the Secretary of State for Transport.

    To inform the design, we're consulting with the public, stakeholders and our colleagues in the rail industry. The feedback, along with any other factors, will be reported on as part of the application and will help inform the detail of the final scheme.

    Have your say

    Following the last round of public consultation earlier in the year, further work has been done to develop the design of the scheme. We are holding series of exhibitions in the local community to share our updated plans, and ask for your feedback on the latest proposals. Members of our project team will be available to answer any questions you might have about the plans. We hope to see you at one of the following drop-in events:

    Public exhibitions

    Dore - Abbeydale Sports Centre, Abbeydale Road South, Dore, S17 3LJ

    • Monday 1 June, 5.30pm to 8pm
    • Tuesday 2 June, 3pm to 6pm

    Hathersage – The George Hotel, Main Road Hathersage, S32 1BB

    • Wednesday 3 June, 5.30pm to 8pm
    • Thursday 4 June, 3pm to 6pm

    Bamford – Moore Memorial Hall, Brentwood Road, Bamford, S33 0AG

    • Friday 5 June, 3pm to 6pm
    • Saturday 6 June, 2pm to 5pm

    We will also be updating our Hope Valley Capacity Scheme consultation website with the latest plans once the public exhibitions start on 1st June. You will also be able to use the website to leave us your feedback.

    In the meantime you can download a frequently asked questions fact sheet which answers some of the questions asked during the last round of consultation.


    Hope Valley improvement project timeline 2015 to 2018
    1. January / February 2015 – Public consultation – phase 1
    2. June 2015 - Public consultation – phase 2
    3. Summer2015 - Analysis of consultation feedback
    4. Autumn 2015 - Submission of application
    5. Summer 2017 - Start on site (subject to consent)
    6. Winter 2018 - New services start

    More information

    If you have any further comments, or have any further questions, email us at

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