Part of Hope Valley line to close again

The long-running programme of upgrades on the Hope Valley line between Manchester and Sheffield is continuing.

Two possessions on the eastern end of the route have been arranged for two Sundays this month so that a new loop can be laid and a railway underbridge extended, widening the formation for future double track.

Dore & Totley station will also become more accessible.

Trains will not run between Sheffield and Edale on 13 and 20 November so that the work can go ahead. Network Rail will lay new track at Bamford in preparation for a new four-track loop between there and Hathersage, while the underbridge will be widened at Dore & Totley so that the line through the station can be doubled in future.

Principal programme sponsor Hannah Lomas said: ‘The next phase of construction work has started on the Hope Valley line, continuing the essential upgrade to make Dore & Totley station more accessible and train services between Manchester and Sheffield more reliable.’