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£200m Redevelopment of Derby Set to Go Ahead

Plans have been released detailing the future development of Derby’s railway station. The scheme involves creating additional platform capacity at the station with the addition of a new ‘through platform’ to the east of the existing site.

The plans outline the construction of a new platform on the Pride Park side of Derby Midland Station. This new platform will not only help ease congestion at the station, but will also help increase capacity.

Network Rail, who submitted the plans, said: “This upgrade is a significant piece of work that will bring journey time benefits to passengers travelling to, from, and through Derby.”

Alongside the additional platform works is the upgrading of the track, signalling and points around the station with £200million allocated to the project by Network Rail. The development is part of a wider upgrade of the Midland Mainline between the capital and Sheffield, which will see the electrification of the line, and faster journey times. Scheduled for completion in December 2023.



HS2 Phase 1 Gains Royal Assent

Today legislation for the first phase of the planned high speed rail line (HS2), linking London with the West Midlands, has passed the final hurdle. The Parliamentary bill has been granted Royal Assent, meaning that construction is now able to commence.

The new line is expected to triple the number of seats available between London and the rest of the country, alleviating rail overcrowding between the country’s major cities, as well as reducing journey times to just 39 minutes between the capital and Birmingham.

Transport secretary Chris Grayling commented: “Getting the go-ahead to start building HS2 is a massive boost to the UK’s future economic prosperity and a further clear signal that Britain is open for business”.

The scheme is seen as a massive boost to the UK’s construction and rail industry with many significant contracts already out to tender. Up to 9,000 apprenticeships are set to be created during the first phase alone.

Planned to open in 2026 with a further second phase due to run to Leeds and Manchester by 2033; construction is expected to start on phase 1 later this year.

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