The UK’s Network Rail has resumed services between Derby and Matlock after completing £13m of railway upgrade works in Derbyshire.

Network Rail engineers rehabilitated and relocated the Ambergate Junction, where the Matlock branch leaves the Midland Main Line.

The works also included rail signalling upgrades.

As a part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade programme, the project will enable trains to run through the region at higher speeds.

"The biggest investment into the railway in this area since it was built in the Victorian era."

Network Rail route managing director Rob McIntosh said: “This work is the latest stage of the Midland Main Line Upgrade, which is the biggest investment into the railway in this area since it was built in the Victorian era.

“This major project will improve journeys for all passengers using the line and will ensure we can continue to provide a service that meets the needs of the communities and economies that our railway serves.”

Passengers travelling between Matlock and Derby are no longer required to use coach replacement services.

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East Midlands Trains managing director Jake Kelly said: “The Ambergate Junction represents another major milestone towards improving the railway in the East Midlands.

“We worked alongside Network Rail to minimise the disruption as much as possible, but we know that it impacted on our customer’s journeys, and we would like to thank our customers for their continued support whilst this work has been taking place.”

Earlier this month, Network Rail announced plans to expand the usage of Plain Line Pattern Recognition (PLPR) technology to strengthen its track maintenance capabilities.