Hope Valley blockade completes on time

The first train calls at Dore & Totley's second platform following its completion. Network Rail

A nine-day blockade of the Manchester – Sheffield Hope Valley line was completed on time on 24 March and the new platform at Dore & Totley station opened.

During the blockade, track and drainage works were carried out around the Dore area, with the Dore South curve extension completed. Track work around Grindleford was also concluded.

Signalling was recontroled to the York Rail Operating Centre, with most of the route now under the aegis of Network Rail’s Eastern Region.

Final commissioning work remains to be concluded, including the new lifts at Dore & Totley’s new accessible footbridge.

The main improvements on the upgrade are the new platform at Dore & Totley, a new passing loop between Bamford and Hathersage, extension of the Dore South curve, platform extensions, signalling upgrades and a new overbridge at Hathersage West.