New fund boosts campaign for Ilkeston station
A CAMPAIGN to reopen a railway station at Ilkeston has been given a boost following the launch of a £20 million Government fund.
Yesterday, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin launched the New Stations Fund, which will provide cash for new stations in smaller towns.
The fund, managed by Network Rail, will support "shovel-ready" projects, which can be delivered quickly to provide long-term benefits to passengers and the economy.
Local authorities, train operating companies and developers are being encouraged to apply for the funding, which will go towards construction costs.
Bids must be submitted by February 25.
The successful schemes, which would have to provide a percentage of the funding themselves, will be announced in late March.
Erewash MP Jessica Lee, who has been fighting for Ilkeston station to reopen, welcomed the funding.
She said: "Since being elected in 2010, I have campaigned extremely hard to reopen a station in Ilkeston.
"I'm now continuing to working with the team at Derbyshire County Council to ensure Ilkeston's bid meets the deadline."