Dore and Totley rail station is to be improved under Network Rail plans to construct new passing facilities on the Manchester to Hope Valley rail route.
The proposals were first fronted in September 2015 and, following the findings of an inquiry conducted in May 2016, have been approved by the Department for Transport (DfT) this week.
Under the proposals, there would be the creation of a second track running through the station itself.
Passing facilities will also be constructed at Bamford, which would provide the ability for passenger trains on the route to overtake the slower moving freight trains that use it.
Martin Smith, Liberal Democrat councillor for Dore and Totley Ward, said: “The decision is long overdue.
“Overall we are very pleased the government has made its mind up but we just need to make sure they deliver on all the promised service improvements.
“It will be a big improvement to the service from Dore and Totley but do not underestimate the wider big benefit across the entire city in more frequent and more reliable connections between Sheffield and Manchester.”
Joe Otten, fellow Liberal Democrat councillor for the area, echoed his colleagues’ sentiments on Twitter:
I welcome this long overdue decision to proceed with improvements at Dore and Totley station. https://t.co/SbQ2cGJYnf
— Joe Otten (@CllrJoeOtten) February 13, 2018
A period of 38 weeks during the works will see reduced parking available at current facilities at the station but alternative parking arrangements are expected to be arranged.
Concerns about the design of the new facilities have been dismissed by the Secretary of State for Transport, who agrees with the inquiry findings that there will be no harm to the appearance of the station.
No set date has yet been given to the start of works but the government order says that work must begin within the next five years or it will expire.