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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
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 improving:
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.
Following the last round of public consultation earlier in the year, further work has been done to develop the design of the scheme. 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:
Dore - Abbeydale Sports Centre, Abbeydale Road South, Dore, S17 3LJ
Hathersage – The George Hotel, Main Road Hathersage, S32 1BB
Bamford – Moore Memorial Hall, Brentwood Road, Bamford, S33 0AG
We will also be updating our Hope Valley Capacity Scheme consultation website with the latest plans once the public exhibitions start on 1st June. You will also be able to use the website to leave us your feedback.
In the meantime you can download a frequently asked questions fact sheet which answers some of the questions asked during the last round of consultation.
If you have any further comments, or have any further questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org