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Temporary changes to two of the customer car parks at Derby station will be introduced from Sunday 19 November as work continues on the biggest investment into the railway in Derby for decades.
The Derby Resignalling project is a £200million investment into the area, which will improve journey times to and through Derby station and remove a bottleneck which often results in lengthy waiting times for trains.
To allow construction work to begin on a new platform, around half of the spaces in Zone 2 car park (Pride Park side) will close to customers until summer 2018. However, to help reduce the impact 80 additional spaces have been provided in the zone 3 car park (south of the station, off London Road).
The new platform will be built opposite platform 6 and open in the summer of 2018. The only way of accessing the building site is through the zone 2 car park. There will be no changes to train services as a result.
The Derby Resignalling project is being led by Network Rail and supported by East Midlands Trains and CrossCountry. The majority of the work will take place in summer 2018 and includes the replacement of 17km of track, as well as upgrading the signalling system, which will provide a more reliable service for the growing number of people who use the railway in the East Midlands and beyond. The works will start on 22 July and will be completed by 7 October 2018.
The full, detailed timetable will be published in the New Year but will see East Midlands Trains services to London, Crewe, Matlock and Nottingham affected at various points of the work. CrossCountry services will also divert around Derby for some of this period with a bus replacement service from Derby to connecting stations.
Jake Kelly, Managing Director, East Midlands Trains, said: “Derby Resignalling will provide a much improved service for customers travelling to and through Derby and we are working with Network Rail to deliver this scheme.
“Our focus is on providing the best possible experience for our customers throughout this time and although we fully appreciate these changes may be inconvenient for some, they are vital to allow the work to take place and deliver a new platform ahead of the major works taking place this summer.”
Rob McIntosh, route managing director at, Network Rail, said: “This is a huge investment into the railway in Derby and will bring fantastic benefits to those travelling through Derby, as well as to the wider region.
“The improvement will modernise the network, provide a more reliable network and improve journey times, which will directly benefit the communities and economies which our railway serves.
“We know that there is never a good time to disrupt passengers and we are working extremely closely with both East Midlands Trains and CrossCountry to minimise the effects of this work. “
CrossCountry Managing Director, Andy Cooper, added: “Derby is already well connected to the rest of Britain, and the works planned for next year will deliver better and faster journeys to and through the city.
“We will continue to work closely with Network Rail and East Midlands Trains to ensure clear communication to our customers about any impact on their journey while these important works take place.”
More details on these changes is available at www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/dby2018