Derby Station is currently undergoing a transformation for Platform 1, with improvement works underway that will enhance the passenger experience for those travelling between Penzance and Edinburgh this spring.
These improvement works launched yesterday, with engineers conducting a resurfacing process for platform 1, with the intention to improve resilience and create a better drainage system that will uphold the structural integrity during heavy downpours. Project completion is currently slated for the end of next month.
Danni Parker-Rankine, Scheme Project Manager at Network Rail, said:
“This improvement will ultimately deliver a better platform for passengers who use Platform 1 at Derby station and secure it for many years to come.
“We’ve planned the work carefully, opting to work throughout the night so that passengers can continue to travel by train as normal through the day.”
The engineers carrying out this improvement project will be conducting the works throughout night shifts, thus ensuring there is as little disruption for passengers as possible as the platform can remain open throughout the days.
Keeping the platform open for passenger use is integral to unlocking a key passenger route for CrossCountry’s Penzance to Edinburgh service, which travels through major cities such as Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds and Newcastle.
John Robson, Regional Director East Midlands & East Anglia, CrossCountry, said:
“We are delighted that Network Rail is investing in new surfacing which will greatly improve the station experience in wet weather conditions for customers boarding and alighting our long-distance Voyager and High-Speed Trains which use platform one at Derby. I’m really pleased that this important improvement work is taking place at night which means our customers and train crew colleagues will not be inconvenienced.”
Will Rogers, Managing Director at EMR, said:
“This major work to resurface Platform 1 at Derby station will deliver a much better, robust platform for our customers for many years to come.
“We’re really pleased Network Rail are working through the night, which will mean minimum disruption for any customers travelling in the day.”
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