East Midlands Railway (EMR) has successfully completed the first phase of its £2m upgrade of its Eastcroft Depot in Nottingham.
Eastcroft Depot provides essential maintenance to EMR’s trains and further investment has already been secured for the next phase of the upgrade.
This investment will help EMR develop its Regional services and provide more capacity to stable three-carriage trains.
Phase two of the work is now underway and will see additional fuel pumps installed and the construction of a new £360,000 lighting system.
This new lighting system will help to improve safety at Eastcroft Depot and is jointly funded by EMR and Network Rail with Network Rail contributing £190,000.
Neil Bamford, Fleet Director at EMR spoke on the importance of the work at Eastcroft and the positive difference it will make.
Mr Bamford said: “We are making excellent progress with the Eastcroft Depot project and its great news that phase one has already been completed.
“The depot is at the very heart of the EMR Regional service.
“These works will not only increase the capacity of the depot – but it will also help to support the further development of services.
“We would like to thank Network Rail for supporting the project.
“Its contribution towards the new lighting system underlines our industry's strong commitment to work together to prioritise safety.”
Network Rail spoke on the renovation of Eastcroft Depot and the importance of the partnership between Network Rail and EMR.
Deborah Fairweather, Senior Sponsor for Network Rail said: “We’re pleased to be supporting our partners at EMR in delivering this huge upgrade at Eastcroft Depot.
“Investing in new lighting will not only improve safety for workers at the essential facility, but it will make for a nicer, brighter environment.
“It’s brilliant to see the first stage complete.
“I look forward to seeing the further improvements over the next few months.”