The next phase of the Hope Valley Railway Upgrade has begun, as Network Rail engineers set about installing renovations that will enable passengers to benefit from a more reliable railway service.
The latest round of updates will see the installation of new track at West View Lane and through to Dore and Totley Station, continuing the work to build a second railway line, platform and accessible footbridge at the station.
The upgrades at Hope Valley will total £145m once completed and will relieve several pressures on the line, ultimately giving customers an improved passenger experience.
Network Rail senior sponsor, Graeme Whitehead, said: “Progress continues on the Hope Valley Railway Upgrade, as we improve the historic line between Manchester and Sheffield.
“We understand the disruption that these essential upgrades create in the community in the short term and we thank local residents and passengers for their continued patience and understanding while we undertake this work.”
The work means that no trains will run between Sheffield and Hope stations on Saturday the 8th, Sunday the 9th and Sunday the 16th of April, whilst Dore and Totley Station car park will be closed from now until Friday the 21st of April to allow for the delivery of materials and facilitate the construction work.
On the 8th and 9th of April, TransPennine Express will be running reduced frequency services from Doncaster to Cleethorpes; Manchester Piccadilly to Sheffield via Huddersfield; and Liverpool to Manchester Oxford Road.
On the 16th of April, TransPennine Express will also be running trains through to Cleethorpes from Sheffield as well as from Liverpool to Manchester Oxford Road. Northern Trains will be running services between Manchester Piccadilly and Hope across both weekends.
Network Rail is urging passengers to use National Rail and plan their journeys ahead of time.
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