Derby resignalling project

The £200m resignalling project will re-lay new track and improve the signalling throughout the entire station area.

This project is the biggest rail investment in Derby station for decades and is a key part of the Midland Main Line upgrade which will improve journeys to and through Derby station by reducing bottlenecks and enabling quicker and more efficient passage of rail traffic.

Planned work

Replacing the signalling alone was not an option, since having new signals on a track layout that is nearly 50 years old would not enable the full potential of the new equipment to be realised.

Watch the animation below to find out more about the project.


Key facts

  • £200m track and resignalling scheme.
  • 17km of track will be replaced and relaid in a new configuration.
  • 55 new straight post signals, nine 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 new materials and remove waste materials from the site.

Reason for the upgrade

While the station itself was modernised in 2013, the existing track layout has not been improved since it was installed nearly 50 years ago and is nearing the end of its operational life.

Regular maintenance has kept the station performing well since the 1960s, but with passenger numbers doubling over the past 20 years, the Derby resignalling project represents a once in a generation opportunity to replace and upgrade infrastructure.

Duration of work and travel information

The main work will take 79 days, from Sunday 22 July to Sunday 7 October and there will be significant disruption to trains during this period.

Visit to find out how your journey may be affected.

We will carry out as much work as possible before train services need to be disrupted. Including the installation of:

  • 1 signal gantry
  • 300m of drainage
  • 2kms of track
  • 6 sets of points
  • 10 straight post signals
  • 18km of cable troughing
  • 1 new 320m platform.