Stations revamp hopes

NRHN 20-07-12 BE 8 Langley Mill train station.
NRHN 20-07-12 BE 8 Langley Mill train station.

MP Nigel Mills is hoping the annoucement that the Midland Mainlien is to be electrified will pave the way for station improvements.

The Amber Valley Tory MP is hoping the green light for the £800 million plan and £100 in other funding will mean access improvements will now go ahead at Langley Mill and Alfreton stations.

Mr Mills has welcomed the announcement by Secretary of State for Transport Justine Greening , that ministers have approved the £800 million investment in the Midland Mainline.

The electrification will cut journey times and boost capacity for passengers and freight, comprising an upgrade from Sheffield – through Nottingham, Derby, and Leicester – to Bedford, completing the full electrification of the Mainline out of London’s St Pancras station.

Mr Mills said: “I welcome this announcement, which is something I’ve been working to help achieve since I was elected. My colleagues and I have raised the issue in Parliament, in written questions, and in lobbying the Department of Transport.

“As I pointed out in Parliament back in April, many people in the East Midlands can currently get to London faster by driving to Tamworth and taking the West Coast Mainline, or to Grantham or Newark and taking the East Coast Mainline. This will see faster journey times for many local people.

“Electrification will provide £800 million in crucial investment, and will boost jobs and growth in the area.

“This will be particularly welcomed by my constituents who work in the rail industry at various points down the supply chain.

“A further £100m for the Access for All fund was also announced – I hope this means that both Alfreton and Langley Mill stations will now both get the access improvements that are needed to ensure all passengers can use the stations.”

These announcements are part of a wider announcement by the Secretary of State for Transport detailing over £9 billion in investment in UK infrastructure.

David Horne, managing director of East Midlands Trains, which manages the two stations, welcomed the news. He said it would cut journey times be good for the environment, create hundreds of jobs during construction, and provide around £450 million in wider economic benefits.