Businesses and community organisations in Ilkeston and surrounding areas have come out in support of the Ilkeston Railway Campaign.
Responding to an appeal by Jessica Lee for businesses to come forward with letters of support for the Station; some of the town’s biggest employers including Atlas Composites and Stanton Bona as well as organisations such as Erewash Valley CAMRA, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce and the Erewash Partnership have all responded, as well as store giants Marks & Spencer.
Submitting the letters to the Secretary of State for Transport, Justine Greening MP, Jessica wrote:
“I am providing you with some further letters of support, to enhance the documentation already provided alongside the bid by Derbyshire Country Council.”
“I hope you will agree that this further strengthens the economic case for re-opening Ilkeston Train Station.”
Commenting on the support Jessica added:
“These letters provide the Department of Transport with a clear and concise economic argument for reopening a train station in Ilkeston. I wanted to ensure that the Minister and Department had the opportunity to hear the case for a station from the mouths of businesses and not just politicians. A new train station is key to reviving the town’s fortunes and I will continue do everything I can, both locally and in Westminster, to reconnect Ilkeston to the network and ensure we get the right result for our town.”
The bid is being examined by officials at the Department for Transport along with the Secretary of State and a decision is expected shortly.
Source: Ilkeston Advertiser