Nottingham South MP, Lilian Greenwood visited Nottingham Railway Station last Friday to see first-hand how the multi-million pound re-development project is progressing.
Meeting with Neil Micklethwaite and Andy Moore from East Midlands Trains, as well as project manager John Hartley, Lilian was given a behind the scenes tour of the project that will completely transform the station. Restoration of the Grade II listed building is already well underway and the new ticket office is beginning to take shape.
In the next few weeks work will begin on developing a new southern concourse, adding new retail facilities under a fully enclosed porte-cochère and creating an additional platform. A new 950-space car park was completed last spring and the viaduct, designed to carry trams into the station’s new interchange, is almost in position – having been slid over fully operational tracks.
Preparations are now being made to install a new signalling system during engineering works that will blockade the station between July 20th and August 25th. Lilian was pleased to hear that a replacement bus service, that will enable passengers to continue to travel during the station blockade, would be trialled over the coming weekend.
Lilian also welcomed the news that rail passengers using the station will receive discounted tickets and compensation for inconvenience caused by the closure.
Lilian Greenwood said:
“It was great to see for myself the extent of the restoration work and redevelopment taking place at the station. This ambitious project will create a gateway and transport interchange befitting the city and now that I have seen the work that’s being done I’m excited to see the final outcome.
“I’m confident that those involved in the project understand the need to get it right during a very difficult period. I was pleased to hear that passengers will get discounted tickets during the closure period.”