Future engineering work

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See details of routes affected by planned engineering works, including when they take effect, maps of the affected area, alternative timetables, advice for alternative travel and real-time updates.

Major improvement work at Derby station until Sunday 7 October

Start date
22/07/2018  00:00
End date
Route affected
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CrossCountry between Aberdeen / Dundee / Glasgow Central / Edinburgh / Newcastle / York / Leeds / Sheffield / Derby / Nottingham and Birmingham New Street / Bristol Temple Meads / Cardiff Central / Bournemouth / Reading / Guildford / Southampton Central / Paignton / Plymouth / Newquay / Penzance 

East Midlands Trains between Matlock / Derby and Nottingham / Newark Castle, also between Scarborough / York / Leeds / Sheffield / Derby and Crewe / Leicester / London St Pancras International

Northern between Leeds / Sheffield and Nottingham 

TOC(s) affected
CrossCountryEast Midlands TrainsNorthern

As part of the Midland Mainline upgrade, major engineering work is taking place at Derby station. This includes the building of a new platform, re-laying 17 km of track to reduce bottlenecks, building new signals and laying 150,000 tonnes of new ballast. 

Passenger numbers at Derby have doubled in the last 20 years. This upgrade is an unique opportunity to upgrade a 50 year old track layout to increase capacity and improve reliability. More details on the work at Derby can be found here.

As a result, there will be significant changes to services that normally run to, from or via Derby.


CrossCountry services will call at Derby station, however journey times on services between Scotland / North East England and Birmingham New Street will be extended by up to 30 minutes.

An hourly train service will operate between Birmingham and Nottingham via Derby.

East Midlands Trains:

Derby to London St Pancras International:
There will be no direct train services between Sheffield and Derby, with the exception of the 3 trains listed below. Replacement buses will run between Chesterfield and Derby.  

The following 3 train services will run:

  • 22:01 Sheffield to Derby
  • 23:21 Sheffield to Derby
  • 05:40 Sheffield to London St Pancras International

One train per hour will run between Sheffield / Chesterfield and London St Pancras, and one train per hour will run between Derby and London St Pancras International.

Derby to Matlock:
No trains will run between Derby and Matlock. Replacement buses will run between these stations.



Northern services running to / from Derby will be re-timed throughout this period of engineering work.

Please note, on Saturday 29 September and Saturday 6 October, a significantly reduced Northern service running due to industrial action.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages


Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.