Derby rail journeys to be vastly improved with a £200million railway upgrade
- Network Rail and industry partners CrossCountry and East Midlands Trains are working together to improve journeys in the Derby area
- The railway upgrade will enhance track and signalling in the area, making trains faster and offer a more reliable service
- The engineering will start in July 2018
Network Rail and industry partners CrossCountry and East Midlands Trains, who manage the station, are working together to enhance track and signalling in the area around Derby station. The upgrade will improve journeys around the Derby area dramatically, with more reliable and faster services.
Although regular maintenance has kept the station and area performing well for the past five decades, rail companies have realised the need for change and are investing to improve. Working together the project will replace and upgrade track and signalling in the Derby area at the same time, making the train service much more efficient.
As the railway has grown, with passenger numbers having doubled in the past 20 years and demand set to continue to grow, the Derby 2018 project is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve a vital part of the rail network which carries trains bound for as far afield as Aberdeen to the north and Plymouth to the south, as well as services right across the Midlands.
Rob McIntosh, managing director for Network Rail’s London North Eastern and East Midlands (LNE&EM) route, said: “Derby is a key interchange on the Midland Main Line and once the upgrade is complete and the bottleneck removed, the region will benefit from a more efficient, reliable and modern network fit to meet the needs of the economies and communities our railway serves.”
Jake Kelly, Managing Director for East Midlands Trains, said: “This work is vital to deliver an upgraded railway in Derby and we are supportive of the plans in place by Network Rail.”
CrossCountry’s Managing Director, Andy Cooper, said: “The journey time improvement the [upgrade] delivers will get our customers to the north east quicker than ever before.”
“We will do all we can to minimise the impact on customers travelling to and from Derby. While there will inevitably be some inconvenience for many, for which we apologise, we are working with our industry partners to ensure this massive project will deliver real benefits for our passengers.”
The improvement project will kick-off on 22 July 2018 with 79-days of carefully planned engineering.