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This section will be kept up to date with the most common questions regarding Derby Resignalling. If your question isn't answered, simply use the 'Contact' form above and get in touch.

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What is Derby Resignalling?

From 22 July to 7 October 2018 (inclusive) the track and signalling in and around Derby Station is being improved and replaced.

Derby Station remains open throughout the work but customers travelling to, through and from Derby will experience some disruption and changes to their journey at different times during the work.

What these works will deliver:

  • New platform (opposite existing Platform 6) to be used primarily by services heading to London and includes two new lifts and a First Class lounge. This work is already underway and will finish in early July – before the major possession begins.
  • New track and signalling – The current infrastructure is in need of replacement. A common sense approach is to replacing the old signalling equipment whilst improving the track layout at the same time.
  • Improved track layout - The new layout will remove a key bottleneck on the approach to Derby station from the south. At present, all trains to and from Birmingham and all trains to and from London have to cross one junction, which can delay services.
When will timetables be ready?

Timetables are ready and available here and in stations.

Who is delivering Derby Resignalling?

Derby Resignalling follows best practice from other large railway projects by working in partnership.

In this instance, Network Rail, East Midlands Trains and CrossCountry trains are working together to deliver a major investment on the railway while ensuring passengers are informed about what is happening the benefits it will deliver. 

As with all rail engineering projects, Network Rail are ultimately responsible for delivering the infrastructure work, such as replacing and installing new track and signalling, while East Midlands Trains and CrossCountry Trains are responsible for looking after passengers while the work takes place. 

Why are you doing it?

The signalling equipment in the Derby Station area is nearing the end of its operational life, along with some areas of track, and needs to 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 provide the best improvement for passengers. Therefore, all of the track and signalling are being replaced together.

The new track and signalling will reduce conflicting train movements (bottlenecks), allow more efficient management and quicker passage of rail traffic through the station and provide greater reliability and flexibility for operating services during unplanned disruption.

How are you telling people?

Network Rail, East Midlands Trains and CrossCountry Trains are working in partnership to deliver an extensive communications campaign ahead of the works starting. This aims to ensure customers are informed about the works well in advance and understand the impact on their journey.

While the works are ongoing we will be delivering a vast customer support programme, providing help and advice, extra staff, extra signage as well as smaller gestures such as giveaways and treats to try and reduce the impact and inconvenience for customers as much as possible.

Keep an eye out for further information in stations, on trains and online wherever you see #DBY2018

What is the impact on my journey?

We appreciate large engineering projects on the railway can seem daunting but we aim to make this as simple as possible for customers. 

During this period, the impact on train services to and through Derby does vary as work will take place on different areas of the railway in and around the station. 

The simplest way of understanding what this means for you, is to use the drop down boxes on the homepage of this website. Simply select your home station, and we will provide details of when and how your train service will change.

How much does it cost?

The Derby Resignalling programme costs approximately £200million.

It is a key part of the wider Midland Main Line Upgrade and, subsequently, the Railway Upgrade Plan.

More information on these investments, is available from the below links:

Midland Main Line Upgrade

Railway Upgrade Plan

Why does it take so long to complete?

This is a major track and signalling scheme which involves changing a track layout that is nearly 50 years old and incorporates 17km of replaced rail.

We are also learning lessons from the major works which took place at Nottingham in 2013 and running as many trains as possible while the works are taking place. 

During the work:

- 150,000 tonnes of new ballast (the stones which track sits on) will be laid

- 240 engineering trains will bring in materials and components, as well as removing waste materials from the site

- 79 sets of points (which allow trains to switch between tracks) will be installed

- We estimate that between now and completion of the project Network Rail  will work around 615,000 hours (370,000 hours leading up to July 2018 and a further 245,000 hours between July and October 2018)

- We are carrying out as much of the preparatory work as possible prior to disrupting station users and passengers - including around 3.5km of track and building the new station platform.

However, the scale of this project and volume of work that needs to be completed will take 79 days.

Why can't you do the work at night or at weekends?

Network Rail aim to minimise the impact of night time working to lineside neighbours but there will be both day and night time working during this project.

This is a major track and signalling scheme which involves changing a track layout that is nearly 50 years old and incorporates 17km of rail – extending from Derby Station out towards the Sunnyhill area to Little Eaton Junction

We estimate that between now and completion of the project Network Rail teams will work around 615,000 hours (370,000 hours leading up to July 2018 and a further 245,000 hours between July and October 2018) and therefore carrying out the work only overnight and at weekends would mean the project would take much longer to deliver.

Will Derby Resignalling provide extra capacity for passengers?

The primary aim of Derby Resignalling is to renew and replace life expired equipment while improving the layout of the railway to and from Derby station, meaning better journeys for millions of passengers per year.

The works are also a key enabler to ensure Derby and the lines which use the station can make use of future investment to provide capacity improvements, such as new trains, faster journeys and further infrastructure improvements.

Will the footbridge remain open?

Yes. The footbridge will remain open throughout the works during station opening hours (Monday to Friday - 04:55 to 22:45, Saturday - 04:55 to 22:45, Sunday - 06:20 to 23:00) to allow pedestrians to cross the railway.

What about people who want to travel by train to football matches and other large events?

Network Rail, East Midlands Trains and CrossCountry Trains are working in partnership to safely deliver this work while also minimising the disruption to passengers as much as possible.

However, there will be significant disruption between 22 July to 7 October 2018.

As soon as the train and replacement bus service plan is finalised our communications will ensure it is shared with everyone who might be affected so that they are better able to plan their travel.

Are you learning from other similar large railway engineering projects?

Yes, absolutely.

All projects, particularly those on the railway, work best when the industry works together to look after passengers while also delivering major investment. 

In addition, we are working closely with Transport Focus, the independent transport user watchdog, who are  helping us to engage with passengers and monitor the effectiveness of our communications campaign.

We will also be utilising best practice and lessons learned from other successful campaigns, including the Waterloo & South West Upgrade, Bath Spa, Nottingham Remodelling, Birmingham New Street and Liverpool Lime Street projects. 


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