Mayor Dan Jarvis has again met with the Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris MP and Network Rail to keep up the pressure and discuss what more could be done to upgrade the Sheffield to Manchester Hope Valley rail line as soon as possible.
Following news of the delay to upgrade works on the line, which will create capacity for a third direct train per hour, Mayor Jarvis met with the Minister and Senior Officers at Network Rail to discuss a revised timetable and to identify opportunities to accelerate the works.
Mayor Jarvis said: “I’m not prepared to allow the residents that I represent to be treated like second-class citizens. That’s why I held an urgent meeting with the Rail Minister and with Network Rail to see what more can be done, both by the Department for Transport and Network Rail, to carry out the much-needed improvements works on the Hope Valley line.
“There are a number of options that are open to Network Rail that would help to deliver these upgrade works, that connect 4.2 million people between Sheffield and Greater Manchester. I have asked Network Rail to explore all options to deliver these works and to identify what other improvements could be carried out at the same time as the upgrade works.
“Passengers in South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Greater Manchester have been forced to endure endless delays, cancellations and unreliable services for far too long. I’m calling on Network Rail to bring real pace and urgency to the Hope Valley line upgrade works.”
Since becoming Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, Mayor Jarvis has launched his Integrated Rail Plan for the Sheffield City Region, a plan which has improvements to the Hope Valley line as one of its key ambitions.