Ilkeston work set to begin

Work is finally about to start on the new station at Ilkeston in Derbyshire, following long delays caused by the discovery of newts and by making provision for the possibility of flooding.

The station is the last of a series across the country being part-funded by the Department for Transport’s New Stations Fund, and when funding was announced it was due to be open at the end of last year.

The cost was originally set at £6.5 million, with the DfT contributing £4.5m, but the latest estimate is £9.938m. Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet approved additional funding of £515,000 on July 25.

The DfT has said it will start a second round of New Stations Fund bidding shortly.

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