Have your say on £6m station plans

Artist's impression of Ilkeston train station.
Artist's impression of Ilkeston train station.

Residents in the Advertiser patch are being urged to have their say on plans for a £6m railway station to be built on their doorsteps.

The news station will be at the old Ilkeston Junction site, between Coronation Road and Millership Way, Ilkeston.

But it is likely to be used by Awsworth, Eastwood and Kimberley households and the car park falls on Broxtowe land.

Now four exhibitions are being held to offer the chance to air views and see the plans now an officially planning application has been submitted.

Once it is built –by the end of 2014 – the station will mean a connection to Nottingham, Chesterfield, Sheffield and beyond for the first time in more than 40 years.

Cllr Andy Botham, Derbyshire County Council’s deputy cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport, said: “I’d encourage anyone interested in the station to come and visit our staff at our events.

“You’ll be able to find out more about where you will be able to get to on the train and how it will benefit the town.”

Despite the two station platforms being in Erewash borough, plans have been submitted to neighbouring Broxtowe Borough Council as the car park, which takes up most of the land, is in Nottinghamshire.

Broxtowe will consider the application with Erewash Borough Council over the coming months.

Each platform will have a waiting shelter and will be long enough to accommodate trains up to eight carriages.

The station will include a 150-space car park, with spaces for disabled drivers, cyclists and motorcycles, and there will be a drop-off point, taxi rank and a new bus stop.

Costing more than £6m, the project has been led by Derbyshire County Council working with partners including train operators and Network Rail. Funding has come from the Government.