There are forthcoming changes at Derby Station were explained by National Rail and East Midlands Trains people. The specific subject of the meeting was the Derwent Valley line to Matlock.
Firstly – and less importantly just now – is that the May railway timetable changes (https://www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/Global/May2018/Thameslink%20May18%20timetable%20v3.pdf) will lead to the 20.26 train from St Pancras no longer giving a connection in Derby to the last train to Matlock. Instead people will have to catch an earlier train from St Pancras. A recent meeting suggested that the last train one could catch from London would be the one at about 20.00 but looking online it looks as though there will be no train to Matlock from Derby after about 2050, meaning that the 19.00 train will be the last train should you want to come on to Cromford or Matlock that evening.
Secondly – and much more important – is the disruption that will take place while engineering work goes on at Derby this summer. The effect of this will be that there will be no through trains to Nottingham from Matlock between 30 July and 24 August. From 25 August to 7 October, there will be no trains between Matlock and Derby: instead there will be a bus and coach replacement service: this will travel down the A6 so will not go to Cromford Station but will stop on the A6 (which will be better for people from Wirksworth but will put pressure on car parking in Cromford). In addition, on the London line there will be no trains between Derby and London from 13-19 August ( a bus service will operate to East Midlands Parkway). From 30 July to 2 September there will be no trains from Derby to Sheffield – there will be buses from Derby to Chesterfield. Cross Country trains will not visit Derby from 30 July to 2 September. East Midlands trains will not operate between Sheffield and Derby from 30 July to 7 October. You can find the details of this at www.derby2018.co.uk. From 30 July to 7 October, there will be just one train per hour in each direction between Derby and St Pancras, though these will start and terminate at Derby and not go through to Sheffield.
This is going to cause major headaches for many train users – and of course over the weekend of the Festival, there will be no trains on the Derwent Valley line, nor will there be East Midland trains between Chesterfield and Derby that weekend though Cross Country trains will operate between Sheffield, Chesterfield and Derby.
Major disruption between 22 July and 7 October at Derby – people should look online for the details.