UK: Hope Valley Line Upgrade to Begin this Month

Network Rail will begin its 145 million GBP (170.93m EUR | 182.36m USD) upgrade of the Hope Valley railway line at the end of May.

Multi-million-pound upgrade begins on Hope Valley railway line
Multi-million-pound upgrade begins on Hope Valley railway line

This project will remove several bottlenecks between Manchester and Sheffield, which will allow passenger trains to overtake slower freight trains.

Together with the VolkerRailStory joint venture (VRSJV), Network Rail will build an additional railway line as well as make some key station improvements.

The package of improvements includes a new platform and accessible footbridge with lifts at Dore & Totley station, a railway loop between Bamford and Hathersage and a new overbridge at Hathersage West.

Signalling improvements will also be made along the line to improve reliability, in addition to platform extensions to allow for more carriages on services.

Chris Nutton, Major Projects Director for TransPennine Express, said:

“These works are a vital step towards delivering better services across the Pennines between Sheffield and Manchester, improving the infrastructure to help make our customers journeys more reliable and upgrading stations we serve.”

On Sunday 29 May, and every weekend in July, the Dore and Totley, Grindleford, Bamford and Hathersage stations will be closed to enable the work to take place.

Dore and Totley station car park will also be partially and fully closed at different periods over the next three months.

Details of train service changes are available at

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