'Lots of opportunities!': Lee Rowley meets with Transport Secretary to infrastructure in Derbyshire

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Lee Rowley, Member of Parliament for North East Derbyshire, recently met with the Secretary of State for Transport, Mark Harper, to discuss North East Derbyshire’s transport priorities fresh off of winning the two new train stations reopening at Staveley and Killamarsh just a few weeks ago.

During the meeting, Lee raised numerous key transport improvements including the reopening of the Barrow Hill Line to passenger traffic which will enable people to start catching trains again from Staveley and Killamarsh in the future.

This line, running form Chesterfield to Sheffield had previously been closed in the 1960s but was recently selected to be reopened by the Department for Transport as part of the reallocation of money originally earmarked for HS2.

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Lee raised this success and spoke in detail with the Transport Secretary on what now needs to be put in place in order for the Barrow Hill line to open as quickly as is feasible.

Lee with Mark HarperLee with Mark Harper
Lee with Mark Harper

While in the meeting, Lee also raised other transport priorities for North East Derbyshire such as the proposed Staveley Bypass.

The proposed bypass would help to significantly reduce congestion on roads running through Staveley, improving the lives of residents and making the local roads significantly safer for both road users and pedestrians. A decision on that is expected imminently - and would be another transformative project for our area if it goes through.

Commenting, Lee Rowley stated: ‘My job is to make sure North East Derbyshire has what it needs to thrive in the future - and that means better roads, rail and infrastructure for the long-term.

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"Meeting Mark was another opportunity to push for the things we’ve already won, such as the reopening of the Barrow Hill line, to happen as quickly as possible and also to push to win others.

"It was a really productive meeting where I was able to discuss in depth how important our local transport projects are and how these tie in to the wider levelling up agenda.

‘During the meeting, I thanked the Transport Secretary for approving this project and discussed what now needs to happen in order for passenger trains to start running from through stations like Barrow Hill/Staveley again.

"We’re making so much progress in North East Derbyshire on infrastructure - and it’s in meetings like this that I can push for more!"