Ilkeston railway station

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Ilkeston National Rail
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The station in April 2017
Place Ilkeston
Local authority Borough of Erewash
Coordinates 52°58′46″N 1°17′42″W / 52.9794°N 1.2949°W / 52.9794; -1.2949Coordinates: 52°58′46″N 1°17′42″W / 52.9794°N 1.2949°W / 52.9794; -1.2949
Station code ILN
Managed by East Midlands Trains
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
2 April 2017 Opened[1]
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Ilkeston railway station serves the town of Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England. It is located at the site of the former Ilkeston Junction and Cossall station, on the Midland Main Line between Nottingham and Langley Mill. It is served by Northern Nottingham to Leeds services and by East Midlands Trains. The station opened on 2 April 2017.[2] It has two platforms, ticket vending machines, a 150-space car park and a taxi rank.[3]


Ilkeston was proposed in 2009 as a new Park and Ride (or Parkway) station in the Connecting Communities report by the Association of Train Operating Companies.

Funding came from the government via the New Stations Fund, managed by Network Rail.[4] Selection of Ilkeston was confirmed in May 2013, with the station planned to open in 2014.[3]

The cost of the project, originally estimated at £6.5m,[3] was reported as £10m in 2016.[5]


Ilkeston railway station on opening day

Preliminary work at the site in June 2014 found protected great crested newts, delaying the start of construction until October 2014. This, together with additional flood protection work, delayed the expected opening date to spring 2015.[6]

In October 2014, it was announced that the cost of proposed flood protection work exceeded the available budget, requiring a cheaper solution to be found. This further delayed the start of construction until 2015, and pushed the opening date to "late 2015".[7]

In February 2015, the finding of more great crested newts further delayed the work, and the opening was expected to be by August 2016,[8] but one year later this had become "late autumn".[9] Further delays led to the opening date being pushed back into the first quarter of 2017.[10] In January 2017, the opening date of Sunday, 2 April 2017 was finally announced.[2]

The first groundwork of the main station construction began in spring 2016, after the completion of preliminary works including the assessment and stabilisation of mines.[5] An unofficial website monitoring and reporting the progress of the construction was set up, with articles from local residents and business owners, and video footage of some of the construction work.[11]

Services commenced on Sunday 2 April 2017.[12]


Most calls here are provided by the Northern Leeds - Sheffield - Nottingham service, which operates hourly in each direction (less frequently after 20:00). Some early morning/late evening trains start or finish at Sheffield. East Midlands stops are limited to a small number of Liverpool Lime Street - Sheffield - Nottingham/Norwich trains during peak periods and in the early afternoon.[13] Sunday service levels are broadly similar to those on weekdays, albeit with a later start.

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  2. ^ a b "Wait finally over for Ilkeston train station as hundreds turn up to opening". Nottingham Post. 2 Apr 2017. Archived from the original on 2017-04-02. Retrieved 2 Apr 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "Ilkeston train station bid wins £4.5m investment". BBC News: Derby. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "New Stations Fund". Network Rail. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Construction set to start at Ilkeston station". Derbyshire County Council. 31 March 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "Ilkeston railway station: Plans delayed by great crested newts". 26 July 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Ilkeston railway station: Flooding concerns cause second delay". BBC News: Derby. 16 October 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "Ilkeston railway station: Newts cause further delays". 24 February 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Ilkeston Station Phase 2 Development Begins". Ilkeston Railway Station. Retrieved 2016-06-20. 
  10. ^ Ashe, Isaac (9 December 2016). "Road closures planned as part of Ilkeston Station construction". Nottingham Post. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 
  11. ^ "Ilkeston Railway Station: unofficial website". Ilkeston Railway Station. 
  12. ^ "Wait finally over for Ilkeston train station as hundreds turn up to opening". Nottingham Post. 2017-04-02. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  13. ^ Table 34 National Rail timetable, May 2017