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Rail improvements on track to finish by 2018

Transport Minister Norman Baker MP offically opens the Dore & Totley Station Park

Transport Minister Norman Baker MP offically opens the Dore & Totley Station Park

Improvements to a rail link between Sheffield and Manchester will be completed in less than five years.

Sheffield Council has given formal approval to proposals to double the size of Dore and Totley station, with a completion date of 2018.

Work includes the building of an extra track, a second platform and new footbridge.

This will mean extra train services, shorter journey times between Sheffield and Manchester and more freight on railway tracks, which is hoped will reduce the number of heavy goods vehicles on roads.

Funding for the project comes from the £560 million Northern Hub scheme.

Coun Ian Auckland, who put forward the motion, said: “It is great to see investment at long last in station improvements.

“It was supported by all sides of the council.”

The scheme will help to restore the link which disappeared when rail services were cut several years ago.

Coun Auckland said: “What we need now is better trains.”

 

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