Work planned on Sheffield to Manchester rail route

Dore and Totley station in South Yorkshire Work would include new track and a new platform at Dore and Totley station

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Work to increase the capacity of the railway between Sheffield and Manchester is planned by Network Rail.

A new section of railway and a new platform at Dore and Totley station, near Sheffield, on the Hope Valley line is planned.

The work, to allow services to overtake slower passenger and freight trains, is due to start in 2016 and end in 2018.

Demand on the route would be up by 56% in Sheffield by 2029, Network Rail said.

The organisation, which owns and operates Britain's rail infrastructure, said it was taking part in local consultation about the work.

Transport Minister Stephen Hammond recently made the decision two Victorian rail tunnels in the Pennines between South Yorkshire and Derbyshire would not be reopened.

Mr Hammond said alternative schemes such as the Hope Valley route could accommodate the predicted growth in rail travel between Manchester and Sheffield.

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