Derby re­build

Rail (UK) - - Contents - An­drew Ro­den rail@bauer­me­dia.co.uk @AndyRo­den1 Con­tribut­ing Writer

NR com­pletes £200m re­mod­elling of Derby sta­tion, with a new plat­form and sig­nalling, and track re­newed.

FULL ser­vices through Derby sta­tion re­sumed for the first time since July 22 on Oc­to­ber 8, after a 79-day block­ade dur­ing which the sta­tion has been re­mod­elled, a new plat­form built, new sig­nalling com­mis­sioned, and track re­newed at a cost of £200 mil­lion.

Speak­ing to RAIL, Net­work Rail’s Lon­don North East­ern and East Mid­lands Route Manag­ing Direc­tor Rob McIn­tosh said: “The seam­less re­la­tion­ship be­tween NR, Cross­Coun­try and East Mid­lands Trains [EMT] was a key part in the project’s suc­cess. And there was only a hand­ful of com­plaints from pas­sen­gers through­out the block­ade - most pas­sen­gers amended their travel plans with­out com­plaint.”

McIn­tosh is most proud of the lo­gis­tics which en­abled the re­mod­elling to progress, de­scrib­ing the op­er­a­tion of 240 en­gi­neer­ing trains dur­ing the block­ade as a “huge achieve­ment”.

He ex­plained that ex­ten­sive plan­ning two years ago, when the net­work change for Derby was agreed, was also crit­i­cal, free­ing man­age­ment time to deal with un­planned events as they oc­curred.

“Net­work Rail has achieved some great things in this Con­trol Pe­riod - we are ca­pa­ble of do­ing th­ese projects well. Get­ting the scope and ac­cess agreed early is the most im­por­tant thing to do - that cre­ates man­age­ment time to deal with ‘un­knowns’,” he said, sug­gest­ing that Derby’s re­mod­elling could be the big­gest since those at Crewe and York in the 1980s.

Ac­cord­ing to McIn­tosh, EMT driv­ers have de­scribed the new lay­out at Derby as a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment on the old ver­sion.

The sta­tion now has ca­pac­ity for an ex­tra in­ter-city train from St Pan­cras, while jour­ney times are ex­pected to be cut with speed in­creases on the sta­tion ap­proach and in the plat­forms.

Fewer con­flict­ing move­ments will also be re­quired, thanks to the re­mod­elling.

The scale of the project in­volved the in­stal­la­tion of 79 sets of points, ten sig­nal gantries, 65 new sig­nals, and 17km (10½ miles) of track with 150,000 tonnes of bal­last. Some 95 tamp­ing shifts were op­er­ated, and 14 Kirow cranes were used.

Al­though the sta­tion has been ex­ten­sively re­mod­elled, trains were able to run to and from some lo­ca­tions on 78 of the 79 days of the project, with 5,494 re­place­ment buses op­er­at­ing dur­ing the work. Dis­counted fares and com­pen­sa­tion were pro­vided for pas­sen­gers on some routes and dates.

East Mid­lands Trains Manag­ing Direc­tor Jake Kelly said on Oc­to­ber 8: “I am im­mensely proud of the hard work and skill shown by our peo­ple in plan­ning and de­liv­er­ing this. The Derby Res­ig­nalling Project was a very chal­leng­ing pe­riod for ev­ery­one, but we have come through that ex­cep­tion­ally well and also de­liv­ered the up­grade safely, ef­fi­ciently, and rein­tro­duced our full train ser­vice from first thing this morn­ing, as planned.”

His coun­ter­part at Cross­Coun­try, Andy Cooper, de­scribed com­ple­tion of the works at Derby as “a new high in how Bri­tain’s rail­ways are work­ing to­gether to in­vest in a railway to meet fu­ture needs, while en­sur­ing that to­day’s rail users are still able to travel”.

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