Case Study – Modelling Derby Station Area

Modelling Derby Station Area

Derby resignalling is a £200 million investment to improve the railway in and around Derby station. It is the biggest investment and improvement programme at Derby for decades and will provide better journeys for thousands of passengers every year.

Although the station itself was modernised in 2013, the current track layout has not been improved for nearly 50 years and the signalling has not been comprehensively upgraded since the 1960s. During this time the number of passengers travelling through Derby has more than doubled.  

The investment will provide:

  • A new platform
  • Upgraded track and signalling
  • New track layout to remove the current bottlenecks which forces trains to wait for a platform outside Derby station.

Hitachi was engaged by Network Rail to produce a detailed TREsim micro simulation modelling tool of the planned rail infrastructure. In total 8 design options were modelled during the project which were able to demonstrate to train operating companies how the new layout will perform in the future including during perturbed operation.

Modelling a major rail depot alongside a busy station meeting with a train timetable demonstrated that the new layout works and the train company could still maintain their train stock.

To fulfil Network Rail’s requirements Hitachi utilised their in-depth knowledge of UK railways and our unparalleled experience of simulation.