Essential work to be carried out on scenic train line which connects Manchester to Sheffield

The line weaves through the Peak District and across to South Yorkshire
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Essential work to the Hope Valley line is set to impact journeys between Manchester Piccadilly and Sheffield next month. The line, on which Northern Trains operate services, goes through the Peak District and stops at several charming stations including Bamford and Edale. 

A popular scenic route in summer and school holidays, the line will be impacted for two days in November. This is so Network Rail can carry out essential work to improve services. 

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Aspects of the improvements include removing bottlenecks to allow passenger services to overtake slower freight services. Trains will not run between Sheffield and New Mills stations on either Sunday November 5 or Sunday November 12.  

Network Rail has said that the closure of these stations is necessary to facilitate essential work along the route. The work also includes the installation of a second platform and new footbridge with lifts at Dore & Totley station, whilst the ongoing construction of a passing loop between Bamford and Hathersage stations continues.

Phil Montgomery, Programme Manager from Network Rail said: “Significant construction work has been in progress along the Hope Valley route since July 2022 and it has been great to see the visible progress that has been made so far. The construction of the new platform at Dore & Totley station is just one example of the project coming to life, with plenty more to come.

“Thank you in advance to the passengers and lineside neighbours for your ongoing patience as we continue to upgrade the Hope Valley railway.”