Multi-million pound upgrade of the Manchester to Sheffield rail line

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A £145m rail upgrade of the Hope Valley line between Manchester and Sheffield will start later this month.

Network Rail and contractor VolkerRailStory Joint Venture (VRSJV) will build an additional railway line next to the existing tracks, which will remove several bottlenecks on the line so that passenger trains can overtake larger freight trains slow. At the same time, they will make some essential improvements to the station.

While the works are in progress, on Sunday May 29 and all weekends in July, Dore & Totley, Grindleford, Bamford and Hathersage stations will be closed.

The work includes:

  • installation of a new platform and an accessible walkway with elevators at Dore & Totley station;
  • the construction of a loop line between Bamford and Hathersage;
  • replace the current pedestrian crossing with a new overpass at Hathersage West to improve safety;
  • improve signaling along the line to improve reliability;
  • extend the platforms to allow trains with more wagons.

The Dore & Totley station car park will also be partially and fully closed at various times over the next three months, but alternative parking spaces will be available at Abbeydale Sports Club. Local businesses will remain open and accessible throughout the work.

Changes to train service on Sunday 29 May and every weekend in July:

TPE: Manchester to Cleethorpes:

  • Services will be diverted to pass through Huddersfield and terminate in Sheffield.
  • A shuttle service will run between Doncaster and Cleethorpes.
  • Customers traveling between Sheffield and Doncaster will need to use another operator.

North: Services from Manchester:

  • Services will end in Hope.
  • Buses will leave from Chinley to go to Sheffield.
  • Customers with accessibility requirements will need to change at Hope as Chinley is not fully accessible.

East Midlands Railway:

  • Rail replacement buses will run between Stockport and Sheffield/Chesterfield.

More details can be found at http://networkrail.co.uk/hopevalley

Hannah Lomas, lead program sponsor for Network Rail, said: “We are delighted to see this major work begin – it will improve Hope Valley stations and rail services and improve reliability for passengers in the future.

“There will be service changes and parking closures while we are working, so I would like to thank passengers for supporting us and apologize for any inconvenience.”

Northern Regional Manager Tony Baxter said, “This work will improve Hope Valley resorts and services and we are delighted to be working with our partners on this project.

“We are sorry for any disruption during the improvements and our customers can be assured that Northern and Network Rail will do everything possible to minimize the impact of the works and provide alternatives that keep people moving.

Chris Nutton, Major Projects Director of TransPennine Express, said: “These works are a vital step towards providing better services in the Pennines between Sheffield and Manchester, improving infrastructure to help make journeys for our more reliable customers and the modernization of the stations we serve.

“While this engineering work takes place on the Hope Valley line, there will be a number of changes to TransPennine Express services, and we advise our customers to check the latest advice carefully before travelling.”

Darren Lockwood, VRSJV Project Manager, said, “We thank the local community for their patience and understanding as we carry out this essential upgrade work on the Hope Valley line. The works play an important role in facilitating this important investment in northern travel infrastructure.

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