VolkerRail and Story’s joint venture will deliver a £80m contract on the Hope Valley rail line. The works majorly target removing the bottlenecks of the rail line between Sheffield and Manchester.
This project is one of the government’s priority transport schemes in the north of England, in line with its ‘levelling up’ agenda. Network Rail is now finalizing detailed designs that will improve sections of the railway lines.
The government body is focusing mainly between Bamford station and Jaggers Lane Bridge in Hathersage, and around Dore & Totley station, where a second platform will also be added. Work is expected to begin in 2022 while the completion happens in 2023.
VolkerRailStory JV is picked for accomplishing two main elements in the contract:
- Dore and Totley station – To construct a second line at Dore Station Junction and extend track between West View Lane and Dore South Junction. Also, a second platform construction at Dore Station and improving standage on Heely Loop is part of the plan.
- Bamford Loop – construct a 1km passing loop alongside the existing railway to the east of Bamford station for passenger trains to overtake slower freight trains.