As part of the Clay Cross Town Deal, North East Derbyshire District Council are progressing work on the potential to re-open a railway station at Clay Cross by commissioning consultants to prepare a feasibility study into the options.
The town is currently located on the Midlands Main Line but has no current station provision, with the nearest being in Chesterfield and Alfreton.
With the population of the town expanding and progress being made on new projects in the town thanks to the £24.1m Clay Cross Town Deal, the case is clear to explore the potential to introduce a railway station in the town to provide key infrastructure to enable travel to nearby cities such as Derby, Nottingham and Sheffield.
North East Derbyshire District Councillor and Clay Cross Town Board Interim Chair, Cllr Charlotte Cupit said, “Clay Cross is a growing town, and so part of the Town Deal investment is looking at potential infrastructure improvements. We have a separate Clay Cross Connections project looking at our road network, but this is also a good opportunity to look at the possibility of re-opening a rail station in this area.
“Whilst it is very early days, the feasibility study will give us a clear direction on what could be possible for Clay Cross and help get us ready for any future Government bids or projects.”
The commission will focus on considering the feasibility of the project in relation to how a potential station project would align with government priorities, council ambitions and the needs of the residents and businesses of Clay Cross.