Despite having to wait a month before Ilkeston’s station opens, National Rail have begun issuing ‘today’ journey passes. I was the first to get my hands on such a ticket in 50 years.
A website about Ilkeston’s railway station
Welcome to the unofficial Ilkeston train station website.
This is an information resource and place to read news, views and understand what's going on.
Ilkeston has been without a station for decades and has been known as the largest town in England without its own rail link. The station is placed at the former station site intersecting with Millership Way near Station Road and Coronation Road.
It opens Sunday April 2nd.
Ilkeston Railway Station east main car park from Coronation Road
The east car park has 90 spaces with CCTV. Although the video doesn't show it, a paid parking meter has been added. No prices are displayed (yet).
This will upset some residents who say they do not feel encouraged to use the station given the already-high prices of rail tickets.
Ilkeston Railway Station from Millership Way
The ground area between the east car park and east platforms appears to have had willow planted in it.
This would make sense if this is the case since wetland trees are frequently used on floodplains near development sites to mitigate the force of floodwaters.
Trees also provide food, cover and habitat for wildlife.
Ilkeston Railway Station west car park from Coronation Road
The west car park includes spaces for motorcycles, spaces for disabled, a drop off/pick up point and a taxi rank.
Access is gained from Station Street.
Despite various setbacks including development site flooding issues and the disturbance of a protected species of newts, residents and businesses hope to see the rail link completed on time and within the funding target.
Erewash acts as a residential area to Derby and Nottingham where most of the jobs are. A 2007 study revealed there were over 60,000 residents working but only about 38,000 jobs in the area.
The feeling is that Long Eaton is given precedence over Ilkeston. Even the Erewash Partnership moved its headquarters to Long Eaton. A new Ilkeston station could at least make it easier to travel to work in elsewhere such as Sheffield or Nottingham.
East Midlands Trains have yet to publish an official timetable although you can see the planned routes here.
The timetable on the Realtime Trains website shows services operating between Sheffield and Nottingham and Leeds and Nottingham, stopping at Ilkeston.
To view the stops between the origin and destination stations, click the links under the column labelled “ID”.
Whether those services are accurate or not remains to be seen.
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The Ilkeston railway station construction is now complete. The most recent videos show the station platforms and car parks as the finishing touches are added.
Ilkeston’s railway timetables and routes are available from Network Rail’s electronic National Rail Timetable (eNRT) which is a long-term plan covering the national rail network.
Ilkeston railway station is due to begin operating Sunday April 2nd 2017, with an official opening in summer 2017.
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The Junction Cafe is ready to serve users of the new Ilkeston station. We’re located next to the entrance of the west car park and we’re opening on Sunday 2nd April…
It really is a scandal that it has taken nearly 50 years to get a new Ilkeston station. In the mid-1990’s Derbyshire County Council aimed to get “trains up and running by 1995”.
It’s hard to believe that a new railway station will put Ilkeston on the map. It seems impossible to believe we are still waiting for it to open and it might not even be a success.
As a strong supporter of public transport and a regular user of rail services I hugely welcome the new station at Ilkeston. Let’s celebrate the investment.
Last night’s Ilkeston & North Community Forum (28th January) at Gladstone Lodge began with a presentation by Derbyshire County Council about Ilkeston Station…