The programme

Between 22 July and 7 October, Network Rail will be working in partnership with East Midlands Trains and CrossCountry to rebuild the track and signalling in and around Derby railway station.

While Derby Station remains open throughout the work, customers travelling to and through Derby will experience significant disruption.


The railway first came to Derby in 1839 when it was linked to Nottingham. Over the following years it grew and evolved, adding routes to Birmingham, Chesterfield and eventually London, via the current route, by 1867. 

During this time, the layout and size of the station changed to deal with the growing numbers of trains and passengers travelling to and through Derby as rail travel became more popular. 

However, the current layout of the track has not significantly changed since that time and remained largely the same for 135 years. The signalling system has also remained unchanged for over 50 years. 

As both the track and signalling works together to provide reliable and punctual journeys they are being replaced and improved together.

This is a once in a generation investment to modernise and improve the railway in and around Derby station. It will provide better journeys for the millions of passengers who travel to, from and through the station every year, from as far afield as Aberdeen to the north and Plymouth to the south, as well as services right across the Midlands and to London. 

The project:

Between January and July this year, work is taking place to build a new platform at Derby, opposite the existing platform 6. This will be open and in use when the major works start on 22nd July. This new platform will include a First Class lounge, retail units and two extra wide lifts up to the bridge above. 

Between the 22nd July and 7th October, Network Rail teams will begin working on the new track layout for Derby. At the moment, the layout of the track means trains often wait outside the station for a platform to become available or for another train to cross a set of points. 

This involves:

- Replacing 17 kilometres of track

- Installing 79 sets of points (which allow trains to switch between different tracks)

- Installing 55 new signals (the railway's version of traffic lights)

- Installing nine new gantries (large overhead structures to hold signals and cables)

- Laying 150,000 tonnes of ballast (the loose stone which the tracks sit on)

Changes to journeys

Although every effort is made to reduce the impact to passengers as much as possible, there will be temporary changes to both East Midlands Trains and CrossCountry services during this time. The impact on your journey does vary however, depending on when and where you are travelling from.

The industry is working together to keep passengers as well informed as possible to allow all passengers to understand the temporary changes to their journeys and the options available to them during this time. We hope this website, as well as the information available in stations will help passengers to continue to travel with confidence while this work takes place.

The map below gives an overview of the changes to journeys. For more detailed and personalised advice, please selection your home station (or any other station you would like more information on) from the 'Your Station' page. 

Thank you. 


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