Derby train passengers warned about 'significant' disruption over half-term

The Network Rail work is described as vital
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East Midlands Railway (EMR) customers are being warned about services being "significantly affected" due to work taking place over half-term.

The "vital" work is being carried out by Network Rail between May 27 and June 11.

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It will result in a reduced Monday to Saturday timetable where there will be one train per hour between London St Pancras and Sheffield, which will not call at Derby, and one train per hour which will run between London St Pancras and Derby.

On June 4, one train will run per hour from Sheffield, via Derby, to London St Pancras, while between the hours of 2pm and 6.30pm, there will also be one train per hour which runs between Derby and London St Pancras.

And on June 11, one train per hour will run from Sheffield, via Derby, to London St Pancras.

On the Derwent Valley Line, buses will replace trains between Derby and Matlock, connecting to and from train services.

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Customers are reminded that on the days of May 31 and June 3, ASLEF union members will be striking, meaning that there will be no EMR services running on these days and no rail replacement buses.

Neil Grabham, customer services director for EMR, said: “We are asking any customers planning to travel over the summer half-term, between May 27 and June 11, to plan ahead and allow plenty of time to complete their journeys.

"There will be fewer Intercity services to Derby, Chesterfield and Sheffield, and journey times will be extended.

"Rail replacement buses will be in place on the Derwent Valley Line, between Derby and Matlock, with the exception of the ASLEF strike days on May 31 and June 3, where there will be no services.

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"We would like to thank our customers for their patience whilst Network Rail carries out this essential upgrade of the tracks at both Clay Cross and Milford tunnels."

Speaking about the work, a spokesperson for EMR added: "The vital upgrades will deliver a package of improvements to both Clay Cross and Milford tunnels including upgrading drainage and replacing sleepers.

"This will help maintain a safe, reliable and smooth service for customers and freight users through the tunnels."