Network Rail has reopened Ambergate junction in the Derwent Valley – where the branch to Matlock leaves the Midland main line – after a £13 million remodel and a six-day closure. All services between Derby and Matlock have resumed on schedule.
The work, part of the Midland main line upgrade, both renewed and relocated the junction, and incorporated some associated upgrades and alterations to the signalling, so that line speeds in the area could be increased.
This work was actually phase two of the project – the initial work was carried out during the recent closure of Derby station for 79 days over the summer of 2018.
Network Rail route managing director Rob McIntosh said: “We are delighted that this vital work, which will allow trains to travel at an increased speed, is now complete.
“This work is the latest stage of the Midland Main Line Upgrade, which is the biggest investment into the railway in this area since it was built in the Victorian era. 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.”