As part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade Programme, from 22nd July to 7th October 2018 the track layout and associated signalling in and around Derby Station is being replaced. The signalling equipment in the Derby Station area is nearing the end of its operational life and must be replaced. Since track and signalling work together to efficiently manage train movements, having new signalling on a track layout that is nearly 50 years old would not enable the full potential of the new equipment to be realised. Therefore both the track and signalling are being replaced at the same time.

The new track and signalling will reduce bottlenecks, enable the more efficient management/ quicker passage of rail traffic through the station area and provide greater operational flexibility and reliability.

As much of the preparatory work as possible will be undertaken prior to July 2018. However, the volume of work that needs to be completed in 2018 will take 79 days. From 22 July to 7 October 2018 customers using Derby Station will therefore experience significant disruption.

Key facts

  • A £200 million track and signalling scheme
  • 17km of track will be replaced and re-laid in a new configuration
  • 55 new straight post signals, 9 new signal gantries and 79 sets of points will be installed
  • 150,000 tonnes of new ballast will be laid
  • 240 engineering trains will bring in materials and remove waste materials from the site

Key timings

  • Christmas 2017: Removal of sidings and goods lines in the Derby Station area
  • January – June 2018: New 320 metre platform will be constructed
  • Major works from 22nd July – 7th October 2018:
    • Modifications to the existing platforms
    • Replacing and reconfiguring the track in station area
    • Testing and commissioning of the newly upgraded signalling system

Travel disruption

The train and replacement bus service plan covering the major works in 2018 is being developed.

However, East Midlands Trains and CrossCountry, in partnership with Network Rail, are working hard to ensure that key links, such as Derby to London, will be maintained wherever possible. We are also developing a comprehensive communications campaign to support the work that will keep customer and station users informed and allow them to plan around the disruption as far as possible.

Network Rail has a proven track record of working in partnership with train operators. The Derby 2018 project is approximately twice the size of the Nottingham Station Remodelling project – which was similar in its complexity and delivery strategy – and successfully completed in 2013. Lessons learned from Nottingham have informed the development of the plans for Derby.

For further information about the Midland Main Line Upgrade visit the Network Rail website, follow Network rail on twitter (@networkrail) or call our 24 hour National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41.