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  • Hope Valley capacity 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 creating the capacity for:

    • Three fast trains per hour, instead of two, between Manchester and Sheffield.
    • An hourly local stopping service, instead of one every two hours, on the Hope Valley line.

    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

    We gathered valuable feedback on plans from stakeholders and the local community during the last round of consultation earlier in the year. Since then, further work has been done to develop the design of the scheme.

    We would now like to gather any additional feedback on the updated plans. You can view the latest plans and leave us your feedback on our Hope Valley Capacity Scheme consultation website.

    A summary of the previous consultation, and answers to frequently answered questions, is also also available to view on our consultation website.

    Public exhibitions

    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:


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

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


    The George Hotel, Main Road Hathersage, S32 1BB

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


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

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


    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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