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Fresh Hope for Hope Valley Rail Passenger Services as Modernisation gets Underway.

September 5, 2022 11:29 PM

Hope Valley LinePassenger services in the Hope Valley have had a history of unrelability. One reason has been the conflict between the passenger and freight trains.

The downside of this modernisation is weekend closures at Dore & Totley, Grindleford, Bamford and Hathersage Stations for a month or more. The benefits, however, when finished, will be an improvement in passenger services and safer track crossings.

The entire package is costed at £145 million and the works include:

  • a new eastbound loop between Bamford and Hathersage to separate out slow aggregate trains from the Buxton quarries
  • a new bridge west of Hatherdage replacing a foot crossing at castleton Road
  • platform extensions so trains can be longer
  • reinstatement of the second track and platform at Dore & Totley, a new bridge and lifts
  • signalling improvements to give better reliability.

Work on the project will last until 2023.