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GO-AHEAD FOR NEW STATION AT KIRKBY ON ROBIN HOOD LINE

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Local transport minister Steven Norris today gave the go-ahead for work to begin on a new railway station at Kirkby...
Local transport minister Steven Norris today gave the go-ahead for work to begin on a new railway station at Kirkby in Ashfield on the Robin Hood Line in Nottinghamshire.

This follows the government's decision to provide a further £3.1m to cover cost increases during construction of Stage 2 of the line. This increases the government's contribution from £6.5m to £9.6m.

The additional money will also allow Nottinghamshire CC to let the contract for the construction of the Kirkby in Ashfield station which the council deferred last year.

Speaking about the decision, Mr Norris said:

'This is good news for Nottinghamshire and those people who are now using the Robin Hood Line between Nottingham and Mansfield Woodhouse. The news will be particularly welcomed in Kirkby in Ashfield where the money will enable the station there to be completed.

'This demonstrates the government's commitment to public transport and its wish to see the Robin Hood Line a success.'

Robin Hood Line train services operate betweeen Nottingham and Mansfield Woodhouse, a distance of almost 19 miles.

The service was inaugurated by the transport secretary George Young, on 10 November 1995 and regular services commenced on 20 November.

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