Some good news for the Hope Valley Line as the Secretary of State for Transport has given notice of his intention to approve Network Rail’s Transport & Works Act Order application to improve train capacity on the route. The project covers building the passing loop at Bamford, improving the junction at Dore, and building a new Manchester-bound platform at Dore & Totley Station.
This is welcome news for the Sheffield – Manchester route through the Hope Valley as the work will permit a third fast passenger train per hour to run between the two cities. This gives us the opportunity to lobby for one of these three trains to make a call at Dore, plus a Hope Valley hub station, plus Chinley to provide our communities with a fast service and all stations stopping service each hour.
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There is no information on when work by Network Rail will start. However, there is a related statement in the decision letter: “The development must commence before the expiration of five years from the date when the Order comes into force.”
Source: High Peak & Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership