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Looks like Ilkeston will get one of its train stations back... could be as early as next year.

Apologies if this has already been posted - I couldn't find it anywhere though.

http://www.ilkestonadvertiser.co.uk/news/ilkeston-news/station-plan-front-runner-for-cash-1-5535857

Station plan ‘front runner’ for cash

Artist's impression of Ilkeston train station.

Published on Wednesday 27 March 2013 13:19

The campaign to re-open a train station in Ilkeston has taken a big leap forward with the Transport Secretary naming the project as one of three likely to win funding.

Earlier this year, Derbyshire County Council made a bid for £4.6 million to a £20 million New Stations Fund for the remaining cash to build the project.

MP Patrick McLoughlin announced on Tuesday that Ilkeston was one of three ‘front runners’ out of a total of 14 bids the Government received from all over the country.

The campaign to bring a station back to Ilkeston has never been so close to success. Mr McLoughlin will reveal the bid winners in May.

MP Jessica Lee, who alongside the Advertiser has been campaigning hard for the station, said she was ‘delighted’.

“For me, the case for reopening a station at Ilkeston has always been compelling,” said Miss Lee, who provided the inspiration to the Government to set up the New Stations Fund.

“This will bring visitors to the town and allow residents, particularly young people, the opportunity to get to Nottingham in 15mins, helping with work and training.”

She added that this was ‘the break-through’ in making the project a reality.

Here at the Advertiser, we too have been campaigning hard, presenting a petition of 1,500 signatures to the Government in 2011.

Editor Martin Hutton said: “This is a big step but there is still hard work ahead.”

Cabinet member for transport at the county council, Cllr Simon Spencer, said he was ‘absolutely thrilled for the people of Ilkeston’ –the largest town on the rail network without a station.

Erewash Borough Council gave £100,000 towards the £6.6 million needed, alongside £2 million from the county council.

Erewash leader Cllr Chris Corbett said: “I should like to pay tribute to our MP Jessica Lee, to our Conservative county council, to all the residents who supported this campaign and of course the Ilkeston Advertiser which did so much to ensure those in power knew the strength of feeling in Ilkeston.”

Erewash Labour Group offered a ‘cautious welcome’.

Cllr Frank Phillips said he was ‘pleased’, but added: “Questions remain over the timing of the announcement, which appears to be nakedly party-partisan, coming as it does on the very day that the county council elections are called.”
 

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Great news. A shame he's only named those three (the others are Pye Green, Newport SW; and Lea Bridge, East London (heaven forbid they invest too much in the regions and not in London...) but this is great nonetheless.
 

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Excellent news. Ilkeston has been without a railway station for far too long. Lets hope it gets built sometime in the next decade instead of 30 years time.
 

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Maybe this is to be incorporated into the NET extensions as well, there was talk of Ilkeston being a possible destination.
 

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Bit more on this in the NEP tonight. Now it's expected to be opening in 2015...

http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/s...tory-18755421-detail/story.html#axzz2R2K3part

Full steam ahead: Ilkeston's train station to be opened 'by 2015'

Saturday, April 20, 2013Nottingham PostFollow
By Chris Mallett

THE new railway station for Ilkeston could be built as early as 2015, the Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin has revealed.
He said he would be "very surprised" if plans for the new station didn't go ahead.

Good news: Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin
Mr McLoughlin was speaking after a meeting yesterday where Ilkeston councillors, business people, and community leaders told him what the new station would mean for the town.
Nick Davies, manager of Jobcentre Plus, Ilkeston, said the centre was dealing with 1,600 unemployed people who would benefit from the new station, which would link the town to Sheffield and Nottingham.

He said regulations meant job-seekers had to search for work within a 90-minute commuting distance from their home.
Mr Davies said: "At the moment much of that can be taken up just with going to Nottingham. If it was a 15-minute journey away, that would open up the whole of Nottingham and the same for Sheffield."
Lorraine Clarke, company secretary for community group Action 4 Cotmanhay, said the station would open up opportunities for residents.
She said: "Cotmanhay is quite an insular community so it's really about making people aware that they can go further afield. They don't have to stay local."
Councillor Val Custance, who represents Ilkeston's Abbotsford ward on Erewash Borough Council, said the authority was working to introduce a minibus that would run up the town's Bath Street.
If plans are approved, the train station would be built off Coronation Road, and she said that the council was hoping to extend the bus route to include it once it is built.
Last month, Mr McLoughlin revealed Ilkeston was one of three stations likely to get cash from the Government's £20 million New Station Fund, though he did not reveal how much this was likely to be.
Yesterday, he said: "It was one of the top three bids so I will be very surprised if it's not done now. I'd hope to see the first train pull up in 2015.
"Obviously there's work that's got to be done and planning to go through."
 

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Aaargh! Railway station, not "train station". Not cool, Ilkeston Advertiser and Nottingham Post, not cool... :eek:hno:
 

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Seems a good idea in principle. It is quite strange how Beeston, Attenborough and Long Eaton have fairly strong local rail services whilst so many other towns struggle along with dross bus services.
 

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Beeston and Long Eaton stations are quite a way from the town centres though.
Beeston isn't, barely a half mile from the station to the High Road. Just a quick walk down Station Road, not exactly "quite a way".

I'll give you Long Eaton though.
 

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Funding is confirmed for this from the government. No information on timing though.

http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/I...tory-18992122-detail/story.html#axzz2TMcfnQ58

Ilkeston station given go-ahead after securing £4m of funding .
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by BenIreland
Plans to build a railway station in Ilkeston have been given the green light after a successful bid for £4m of funding.

The station will have two platforms, which can take six trains with up to six passenger cars and will include waiting shelters.

It was given the green light alongside three other stations in the UK after successfully applying for money under the Government's New Station Fund.

A 150 space car park, cycle storage, bus stop, drop off point and taxi rank will also be on the site.

The station will be unmanned, with automated ticket machines, waiting areas on each platform, customer information screens, passenger help points, and CCTV.

The fund is part of £37bn worth of investment spent from 2014 to 2019 to modernise the railways and is managed by Network Rail.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin unveiled the plans today and said: “Funding this new station illustrates our commitment to working with community and national partners to meet local transport needs that not only deliver real benefits to passengers but also improves the network.

“This is another example of the Government’s determination to transform the railways as we continue to push forward with the biggest programme of rail investment ever.”

The other stations to win money were based at Newcourt, Devon, Lea Bridge, Greater London and Pye Corner, Newport.
 
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