A freshly refurbished Nottingham station has been re-opened to passengers as the countdown continues to the completion of a multi-million pound rail investment programme in the city.
The Grade 2-listed station’s restored booking hall and porte-cochere (taxi rank) returned to service on March 31, along with a new ticket office on Carrington Street.
Work to upgrade the station is now nearing completion, with the southern concourse expected to open in the next six to eight weeks and the new tram stop to be completed by the end of the year. Once open, the southern concourse will connect the station with the new multi-storey car park and the tram stop.
Project partners Network Rail, East Midlands Trains, Taylor Woodrow and Nottingham City Council have delivered the redevelopment as part of the £150 million Nottingham Hub project. Around £50 million has been invested in the station building, with the remainder used to carry out major resignalling works and track renewals around the station.
As well as featuring carefully restored period architecture, the new booking hall includes new ticket machines and passenger information screens.
The taxi rank at the front of the station has also been removed and pedestrianised.
Network Rail area director Justin Page said: “It’s really been about retaining as much of the old character but bringing in new materials to reflect and enhance what was there.”
East Midlands Trains’ managing director, David Horne, said the project was a “really good example of how this type of project can be done”.
Nottingham railway station, known as Nottingham Midland station, was opened in May 1839.