An additional hourly service between Birmingham, Derby and Nottingham will run as a result of the work. Four trains per hour will operate between Derby and Nottingham for the first time, provided by both CrossCountry and East Midlands Railway (EMR).
Long-distance passengers on CrossCountry will also experience faster journeys between South West England and the North East and Scotland. There will be fewer station stops between Birmingham and Derby.
John Robson, CrossCountry's Regional Director for the East Midlands and East Anglia, said: “We're very pleased to deliver such a significant uplift in services for passengers travelling between the East and West Midlands as part of our regular timetable change this December.
“The new timetable will bring improved resilience and better train performance for passengers using this critical rail corridor, and we really look forward to welcoming customers on board.”
Dave Meredith, Customer Services Director for East Midlands Railway, added: “These additional services will complement our timetable to provide customers even more options when they make the journey between Nottingham and Derby.
“It's great for the local economy of the region and will hopefully lead to more people choosing to travel by train rather than sitting in traffic on Brian Clough Way.”