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The Hope Valley Railway Upgrade

We’re upgrading the railway between Manchester and Sheffield to provide more reliable and faster journeys for passengers.

Train travelling through Bamford Station, Hope Valley

The Hope Valley Railway Upgrade will remove several bottlenecks between Manchester and Sheffield to allow passenger trains to overtake slower freight trains along the line.

The main improvements include: 

  • A new platform and accessible footbridge with lifts at Dore & Totley station 
  • A railway loop between Bamford and Hathersage 
  • A new overbridge at Hathersage West, replacing the current foot crossing to improve safety 
  • Signalling improvements along the line to improve reliability 
  • Platform extensions to allow for more carriages on services 

Once complete, this project will deliver real benefits for passengers in the North of England, with improved train reliability and an upgraded network to help meet future demands. 

The work to upgrade the route is being undertaken on behalf of Network Rail by a joint venture of VolkerRail and Story Contracting Ltd – the VolkerRailStory Joint Venture (VRSJV). 

Changes to train journeys and rail replacement services 

Trains will not run on 29 May and during all weekends in July, while vital work takes place as part of the Hope Valley Railway Upgrade.  

We are advising passengers to check before they travel at National Rail Enquiries. Please see a more detailed overview of changes to train services below: 

  • TransPennine Express: Manchester to Cleethorpes services will be diverted to run via Huddersfield. Services will terminate at Sheffield. A shuttle will run between Doncaster and Cleethorpes. Customers travelling in between Sheffield and Doncaster will need to use another operator.  
  • Northern Railway: Services from Manchester will terminate at Hope. Buses will operate from Chinley connecting onwards to Sheffield, with those with accessibility requirements, needing to change at Hope as Chinley isn’t fully accessible.  
  • East Midlands Railway: Rail Replacement buses will run between Stockport and Sheffield/Chesterfield.  

For more information about changes to journeys, please visit National Rail Enquiries.

Disruptive Work 

Community Engagement    

Communication is very important to us and we will be writing to local residents with plenty of notice before work starts, as well as holding public engagement events throughout the project to keep the local community informed on its progress.

For regular updates on the main improvement work, you can also download the Hope Valley Railway Upgrade community engagement app, which will contain details of upcoming work activities, news, and initiatives and events for the local community. 

The app is available to download for both Android and Apple devices. To download the app, simply search ‘Hope Valley Railway Upgrade’ in Google Play for Android devices, or the App Store for Apple devices.

If you have any concerns or questions about the Hope Valley Railway Upgrade, please contact the team using our contact page or via our 24-Hour National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41.  

Passenger and Community FAQs  

To view the frequently asked questions about the project, download our PDF. 

Recent Notifications

Click on the folder below to view our most recent community notification letters.

Contact us

For more information or to get in touch with us, please contact us by visiting our contact us page or by calling our 24-hour national helpline on 03457 11 41 41.

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