Network Rail has completed a GBP 13million (EUR 14.8 million) investment into the railway in the Derwent Valley area, with all services between Derby and Matlock resuming on schedule.
The project included the relocation of Ambergate Junction, the point where the Matlock branch leaves the Midland Main Line, as well upgrades to the signalling system. The work was part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade and will mean trains can travel through the area at higher speeds.
“We are delighted that this vital work, which will allow trains to travel at an increased speed, is now complete. This major project will improve journeys for all passengers using the line and will ensure we can continue to provide a service which meets the needs of the communities and economies that our railway serves,” Rob McIntosh, Route Managing Director for Network Rail, said.
The work was part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade and will mean trains can travel through the area at higher speeds. The project meant coach replacement services for passengers travelling between Matlock and Derby and changes to East Midlands Trains and CrossCountry services. The project completed on time with train services resuming on February 17 and the end of the coach replacement services and journey time impacts imposed by train diversion routes.
“The Ambergate Junction represents another major milestone towards improving the railway in the East Midlands. We worked alongside Network Rail to minimise the disruption as much as possible,” Jake Kelly, Managing Director for East Midlands Trains said.