UK Network Rail has revealed plans to carry out a £200m railway technical upgrade in the area surrounding Derby station next year, in partnership with CrossCountry and East Midlands Trains.
Upgrade works will start in July 2018 and involve upgrading track and signalling around Derby station area, which is expected to take around 79 days to complete.
Derby station was modernised in 2013, which didn't include upgrading the 50-year old track layout and signalling not upgraded since their installation nearly fifty years ago.
Signalling and track layout have reached the end of their operational life, and require replacing to ensure efficient train movement.
Upgrade works are expected to eliminate all existing bottlenecks and improve a vital part of the rail network, which carries trains towards Aberdeen to the north and Plymouth to the south, as well as services across the Midlands.
During upgrade works, normal rail services might be subject to changes with revised time table to be published at the New Year.
Network Rail London North Eastern and East Midlands managing director Rob McIntosh said: “It is many decades since the rail infrastructure at Derby saw this kind of investment and we have spent a huge amount of time working with our train operators, stakeholders, and local businesses to make sure we keep disruption to a minimum, while getting this vital work done as quickly as possible.
"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.”
East Midlands Trains services expected to disrupted at certain points during the works include those to London, Crewe, Matlock, and Nottingham.
CrossCountry services will divert around Derby, with a bus replacement service provided to connecting stations.
Image: Derby Midland Station. Photo: © Network Rail.