Monday 18 Sep 2017
Network Rail to hold information event ahead of railway upgrade
Network Rail is inviting residents to find out more about a major improvement project to the railway in Derby, which will see the area resignalled.
The project will see the track around Derby station remodelled and the signalling system upgraded, which will remove a bottleneck which often results in trains waiting outside of the station. The bulk of this work will take place in 2018. Once the bottleneck is removed, passengers will benefit from a more efficient service into and through Derby station.
Piling, the process of installing foundations for the new signalling equipment will take place overnight on weekends between Saturday 30, September and Sunday, 19 November. ‘Piling’ is a noisy activity as it involves driving cylindrical steel piles deep into the ground and residents are advised to expect some disturbance.
The work will take place overnight on weekends, as this is the time when it causes the least impact on passenger services. There will be no disruption to train services.
Those who wish to find out more about the project can attend a drop-in event on Thursday, 21 September at The Hallmark Hotel in Derby between 14:00 and 19:00. Workers from Network Rail will be on hand to answer any questions which residents may have.
Those who are unable to attend the event, but wish to find out more about the project should visit https://www.networkrail.co.uk/derby-remodelling-project/ or call the Network Rail helpline on 03457 11 41 41.
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.