Derby resignalling project

One of the biggest schemes in the Midland Main Line Upgrade Programme has begun.

Derby station

To improve journeys to and through Derby station and increase the efficiency of services in the area, we will replace and relay new track and improve the signalling around the entire Derby station area. 

From 22 July to 7 October 2018 the track layout and associated signalling in and around Derby station will be replaced. The signalling equipment in the Derby station area is nearing the end of its operational life and must be replaced.

Track and signals

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, whilst the signalling has not been upgraded since it was installed in the 1960s. Regular maintenance has kept the station performing well for the past five decades, but as track and signalling work together to manage train movements efficiently, they are both being replaced and upgraded at the same time.

Just replacing the signalling was not an option. Track and signalling work together to efficiently manage train services and need to be replaced at the same time. 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.

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

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

Key timings:

  • Piling and enabling works from autumn 2017
  • Christmas 2017: removal of sidings and goods lines in the Derby station area
  • January – June 2018: new 320 metre platform will be constructed
  • Major work from 22 July – 7 October 2018: modifications to the existing platforms, replacing and configuring the track in the station area, testing and commissioning the newly upgraded signalling system

Travel information:

Much of the preparatory work will take place 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.

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 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 passengers informed and allow them to plan around the disruption as far as possible.

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