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  • Hope Valley capacity scheme

    We’re drawing up plans to increase capacity on the railway between Sheffield and Manchester as part of over £1 billion of investment to deliver faster, more frequent services across the north of England

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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.

    To help meet the forecast passenger demand, we’re planning to improve sections of railway close to Dore & Totley station, and between Bamford and Hathersage stations.

    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.

    The plans

    East of Bamford station

    We want to build a new section of track to the east of Bamford station, to create a passing loop, which will allow faster passenger services to overtake slow moving freight trains.

    The new track would run alongside the existing railway, and be used by freight trains heading in the direction of Sheffield.

    Dore

    We want to extend the existing Dore South Curve section of track, between West View Lane and Dore South Junction, to allow enough standing room for freight trains. This will allow passenger services to pass without a waiting freight train blocking either the Hope Valley or Midland Main Lines.

    A second track serving Dore & Totley station will be created and a new platform constructed. This will be accessed by a new footbridge and lifts.

    Consultation

    To inform the design, we have consulted with the public, stakeholders and our colleagues in the rail industry. We gathered valuable feedback on our plans during two rounds of consultation this year, in January and June.

    The June consultation, which ran from 1 to 19 June 2015, is now closed.

    The feedback submitted to us will be made available in a consultation report which will form part of the TWAO application, and will be available to view when the application is submitted in the autumn.

    Next steps

    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 (TWAO) to the Secretary of State for Transport.

    Following our submission of the TWAO application, a copy of the application and supporting documents will be available to view on our website. Objections, representations and letters of support can be made by anyone to the Secretary of State within a 42 day period after the application is submitted. More details on how to do this will be available on our website at the time of application.

    Timeline

    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

    You can see the latest plans in more detail on our Hope Valley Capacity Scheme consultation website. A summary of the previous consultation and answers to frequently answered questions is also available to view.

    If you have any further comments or questions, email us at hubconsultation-hopevalley@networkrail.co.uk.

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