Ambergate Junction Re-modelling - Sept 2018 & Feb 2019

Network Rail has been carrying out work to relocate the junction, renew track and improve signalling at Ambergate to increase line speed through the area. The first phase of this work was carried out successfully in September - whilst Derby Resignalling work was ongoing. However, it was necessary to split the work into two phases and we are now able to confirm that dates for the second phase of work are 9-17 February 2019. 
The nature of the work involves the removal, reinstatement and commissioning of the new track/signalling and therefore means no trains will be able to operate between Matlock and Derby during this period. There will also be some changes to East Midlands Trains services between Sheffield, Derby and London. We are working closely with East Midlands Trains to finalise the train and bus plan to minimise the disruption to passengers and I will write to you again with further information as soon as it becomes available. 

NR have published a time-lapse film showing the Phase 1 work completed in Septemebr 2018 on its YouTube channel here:-


The second phase of the track improvements is taking place from Sunday 10th to Saturday 16th February inclusive.  This will improve the speed across the junction and will help to improve punctuality and reliability.  During these dates there will be coach replacement services between Derby and Matlock which will again run every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday and hourly on Sunday.  East Midlands Trains Sheffield to London services and CrossCountry services will also operate an amended timetable via the Erewash Valley. I have enclosed the Nottingham, Derby to Matlock timetable during this period.  Trains will operate between Nottingham and Derby with the coach service between Derby and Matlock.  Further information is available here:

Here's a picture of the Junction soon after the 1932 remodelling when Longlands Tunnel was opened out and the new bridge over the A6 and River Derwent was constructed.

Photo Copyright: Railways Yesteryear


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