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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.

    Next steps

    Following an extensive period of public consultation Network Rail submitted an application to the Secretary of State for Transport on 25 September for the necessary powers to improve the Hope Valley's railway.

    A public inquiry will be held starting on Tuesday 10 May so that an inquiry inspector can hear the case for and against the Transport and Works Act Order application.

    Any objections to, or other representations about the proposals should be sent to:

    Secretary of State for Transport c/o Transport and Works Act Orders Unit,
    General Counsel's Office, Department for Transport, Zone 1/18, Great Minster House,
    33 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 4DR.

    You can also contact them by email: transportandworksact@dft.gsi.gov.uk.

    An objection or representation must:

    • Be received by the Secretary of State on or before 6 November 2015
    • Be made in writing (whether sent by post or email)
    • State the grounds of the objection or other representation
    • Indicate who is making the objection or representation
    • Give an address to which correspondence relating to the objection or representation may be sent

    If you are sending your objection or other representation by e-mail, please provide a postal address and state "Hope Valley Capacity Scheme TWA Order" in the subject of the email.

    More information

    If you have any questions, please contact the project team at hubconsultation-hopevalley@networkrail.co.uk or call our 24 hour helpline on 03457 11 41 41.

    Application documents

    You can download copies of the application documents below.


     

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