Network Rail have produced a case for increasing the capacity on the Hope Valley line. The main elements of the scheme are:-
- add an additional track through D&T station, this requires a second platform and bridge between the two platforms to allow passengers to board trains on the Hope Valley line to and from Sheffield
- extending the platform from 115m to 153m
- an extension to the single track which links the Hope Valley line with the Midland Mainline to the west of the D&T station which is used mainly by freight services
- a Bamford Loop which is a place to halt frieight trains to allow passenger trains to overtake. This is east of Bamford station
- a new footbridge to the west of Hathersage station to replace an existing crossing for walkers
The main benefits of the scheme are to :-
- increase the number of fast trains from 2 to 3 per hour
- increase the stopping trains from 1 every 2 hours to 1 per hour
- to provide for 3 freight trains every two hours as at present
- greater number of seats thus reducing the over crowding on the trains
- allow trains of up to 6 cars to use the route
- accommodate longer freight trains
- improve reliability on the route
The current timetable on the Network Rail site is as follows:-
- January / February 2015 Public consultation phase 1
- June 2015 - Public consultation phase 2
- Summer 2015 - Analysis of consultation feedback
- Autumn 2015 - Submission of application
- Summer 2017 - Start on site (subject to consent)
- Winter 2018 - New services start
A Public Inquiry ran between the 10th and 25th May 2016. The inspector produced a report which was sent to the Secretary of State in mid Nov 2016.
persona-pi.com is a website which was used by the inquiry to hold all the documents submitted to the inquiry together with information on the venue, dates and people involved etc. The website seems to have been taken down although many of the documents submitted to the inquiry are still available on the site.
FoDaTS have been working with the Dore Village Society(DVS) and Bradway Action Group(BAG) in reviewing the scheme documents and making suggestions for improving the facilities to be provided. Here are some of the documents which have been submitted to the inquiry by this group and some of the other interested groups.
In mid November the Department for Transport reported that they had received the Inspectors report. This is one of a number of Transport Works Act which the department is reviewing and will issue a decision on this case as soon as they are reasonably able to do so.
Realistically, construction is very unlikely to start on schedule in May 2017, and completion for the December 2018 timetable review will probably be delayed. Network Rail may well decide to push the project back a year, but they can not make their decisions until the DfT’s decision is made.
Network Rail Overview and Details of the Plans for the Scheme
Information has now been removed.
Original submission November 2015
Statement of Case January 2016
FoDaTS Proof Of Evidence April 2016
FoDaTS Summary Of Proof Of Evidence April 2016
Hope Valley Railway Users Group (HVRUG) - Submissions
Statement Of Case Sept 2015
Improving The Rail Service In The Hope Valley By The Hope Valley Rail Users Group [HVRUG]
Proof of Evidence April 2016
Summary of Proof of Evidence April 2016
High Peak & Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership - Submissions
Letter Of Support
Statement of Case
Proof of Evidence
Appendices to the Proof of Evidence
Summary of Proof of Evidence