A busy railway station used by commuters who work in Sheffield could be moved ‘some distance’ under plans to electrify the track.
Network Rail is planning to electrify the line between Bedford and Sheffield to replace its currently diesel service, which will require significant track and line-side changes.
In Dronfield, one listed bridge is too low for the new trains to pass under and will have to be raised or the track lowered, while the station could also have to be relocated.
The Friends of Dronfield Station group, and Dronfield Civic Society, say the plans could cause ‘severe disruption to access routes in and out of the town centre’ - although they say the change is welcome.
Dr Peter Hayward, chairman of the Friends, said: “Lea Road bridge is seen as a particular challenge due to its listed status, road layout, access and gradients, the river and proximity to the station. If a track lowering option is chosen, it could mean rebuilding the station as platforms would be up to half a metre too high.
“Even if an engineering solution is more straightforward, closure or replacement of bridges at Wreakes Lane and Unstone is likely to impact severely on road access to many parts of Dronfield. We have asked to be kept fully and regularly informed.”
The survey work for electrification will start over the next two years with a view to completing the project by 2020.
Land next to the current station car park is likely to be needed for a period by Network Rail as a work site.
A Network Rail spokesman said: “No plans have been put in place, and Network Rail will keep local people fully informed before electrification works are due to commence.”