Plans are underway to reopen a former railway line connecting Sheffield to Chesterfield which has been closed for over 60 years.
Known as the ‘Sheffield to Chesterfield via Barrow Hill line’, the proposed route would provide railway access to several of the suburbs and villages in and around Chesterfield including Killamarsh, Eckington, Barrow Hill, Staveley and Whittington.
The original line closed during the 1960’s, but the new proposals would restore access for passenger trains along this route along with the opening of railway stations in each of these areas.
It is hoped the new line will bring increased investment and tourism into the area, as well as improved interconnectivity for residents.
Areas along the route such as Barrow Hill have traditionally been geographically isolated with limited public transport links, and it is hoped the new line will address some of these issues.
The proposals have received the support of Chesterfield Borough Council, North East Derbyshire District Council, Lee Rowley MP as well as some local Parish Councils and Sheffield City Region. They are now being considered by the Government, with a decision expected in the summer.
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