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  • Improving the Hope Valley line between Sheffield and Manchester

    As part of the Northern Hub – a programme of investment to deliver 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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    Demand for train travel between Sheffield and Manchester is increasing. Forecasts show by 2029 demand will be 56% higher than today in Sheffield, and 66% higher in Manchester.

    Currently, slow moving freight trains restrict the speed and capacity of passenger services on the Hope Valley line. We need to invest now to increase capacity an North of England .

    Project update

    During last year’s public consultation, we consulted on two ideas to deliver four trains per hour along the route, with the optimum solution being to build a new section of railway in the vicinity of Grindleford station.

    However, since the consultation, the rail industry has reviewed the scope of the whole Northern Hub programme. Although Grindleford is still considered to be the optimum location, as a result of the review it has been identified that a new section of track further west of Grindleford could potentially be an alternative location for the new track as it could provide increased resilience during periods of disruption.

    We are now exploring alternative options for the location of the new track and are at an early stage with this work.

    It is important to note that this will not require a change to the proposed improvements at Dore and Totley.

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that responded to the first phase of consultation. We received a high volume of feedback and the comments have been reviewed and will continue to be considered as we develop the revised scheme.

    Further information on the proposals and the next stage of consultation will be published on this page as it emerges.

    Further details

    More about the proposals for Dore and Totley and our previous proposals for Grindleford:
    Improving rail in the North - Dore and Grindleford (PDF 302 KB) 

    You can also download our technical stakeholder pack:

    Dore and Grindleford stakeholder pack (PDF 1.3 MB)
    Appendix A - Dore and Grindleford EIA scoping report (PDF 22 MB)
    Appendix B - Works at Dore (PDF 16.5 MB)
    Appendix C - Works at Grindleford (PDF 14.3 MB)

  • More information

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