Businesses and other rail users are set to benefit from a £200 million programme of upgrades at Derby station.
The Rail Minister, Jo Johnson, believes that the Network Rail project – part of the biggest rail modernisation programme since the Victorian era – will result in shorter waiting times, faster intercity journeys and more punctual services, all of which will improve passenger and business experiences.
The scheme at Derby station, which will see a new platform constructed, upgraded signalling and new track layout, is part of the wider £1.5 billion Midland Mainline upgrade.
Some of the lines as part of the project have already been partially reopened and Mr Johnson, who met with representatives of Network Rail, explained what this “vital” upgrade will bring to Derby station and the wider area.
He said: “We are investing in the biggest rail modernisation programme since Victorian times to deliver the improvements that passengers want.
“I’ve come to Derby to see the progress for myself and to thank passengers for their patience during the works.
“When this vital upgrade is complete, it will give passengers visiting and travelling through Derby the faster, more reliable services they deserve.”
The Midland Mainline scheme will benefit the region by providing rail users with faster journeys and more seats from 2020.
In addition to this, by 2022, trains that run on the line will have much greater capacity thanks to the introduction of brand new trains.
Part of the Railway Upgrade Plan, Network Rail’s Midland Mailine upgrade will also deliver improvements in Market Harborough, allowing for faster, non-stop trains to travel faster between London and Sheffield.
Like at Derby station, there will be enhanced station facilities for passengers.
And the visit of the Rail Minister, Jo Johnson, highlighted the significant progress already made in preparation for completion of work in October, when businesses using the line will feel the full effects of the upgrade.