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

  • Demand for rail travel between Sheffield and Manchester is increasing, with forecasts showing demand will grow 56 per cent in Sheffield and 66 per cent in Manchester by 2029.

    Our plans will improve capacity, frequency and reliability by allowing passenger services to overtake slower moving freight and stopping passenger trains.

    We consulted on previous plans to improve the railway in the Hope Valley in November 2013. Those proposals included the construction of a new 1km passing loop near Grindleford station, as well as improvement work around Dore & Totley station. Since then, the project has moved on and a new option to the East of Bamford station is proposed as a replacement for the previous proposal at Grindleford.

    The plans for works near Dore & Totley station and at Dore South Curve remain largely unchanged from what we consulted on in 2013. However, we would like to take this opportunity to tell you about our plans for this area again now that we're developing the design of the scheme to support the Transport and Works Act Order application.

    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

    You can read more about the proposals, view consultation materials and leave feedback on our Hope Valley Capacity Improvement Scheme consultation website.

    Please send all your comments to us by 28 February 2015.


    Hope Valley improvement project timeline 2015 to 2018
    1. January / February 2015 - Public consultation
    2. Spring 2015 - Pre-submission public exhibition
    3. Spring 2015 - Analysis of consultation feedback
    4. Summer 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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