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Derby station rail improvements welcomed

Chris Hobson

Track and signals around Derby station are to be modernised in a £200m revamp announced by Network Rail this morning.

The work will start in July 2018 and is scheduled to take 79 days to complete.

Cross Country services will not call at Derby and there will be other timetable disruptions during the works.

But East Midlands Chamber* has broadly welcomed the announcement.

Chris Hobson, the Chamber’s Director of Policy, said: “The£200m investment in rail infrastructure at Derby railway station is long overdue and will be welcomed by the business community and leisure users once the work is complete.

“The tracks and signals are old and the line priorities through the station do not function as well as they should, resulting in delays. “There will be relatively short-term pain during the works but the modernisation will offer long-term gain and help deliver a rail network that will better meet the demands of future travellers.

“It must be delivered on schedule and it is essential during the works that rail users are kept fully informed of timetable disruptions, know how to access up-to-date information about services and that alternative access to the services that won’t be calling at Derby station is kept both realistic and practicable.”