After endless delays, problems and setbacks the latest news on the Ilkeston station is that work won’t begin until the end of the year. Although a timeframe of “4 months” has been quoted it’s probably more realistic to say December 2015 or January 2016.
Wildlife preservation and flood development work put a dent in the budget as well as requiring the design plan be resubmitted to Network Rail for approval.
Derbyshire County Council said work will not start until spring. It is now June, and while a little prep work has been done it is worrying how much has not been done.
This painfully slow progress is excruciating to say the least. The campaign to secure funding and gain backing was one thing, but the much needed follow through and putting of money where mouths are is another.
So far, the building site has been cleared of debris but nothing else seems to have happened. On Station Street, adjacent to Coronation Road, the grassy area near the line shows evidence of rainfall causing potential flooding issues.
Some photos were taken today and hopefully they will the story so far…
The Ilkeston Advertiser has also recently reported on the station progress here.