A fanfare signals the opening of Nottingham’s new £66million railway station


Nottingham’s much-anticipated new railway station has been officially opened following a £60million improvement scheme, creating a world-class transport hub in the city centre.

There was a fanfare of music by the Robin Hood Youth Orchestra – and a very fitting station whistle – as Sir William McAlpine, chairman of the Railway Heritage Trust, unveiled a plaque alongside 13-year-old Elly Bracknell, a local school student who hopes to become a Paralympic swimmer.

We have been following the progress of the station with a series of visits and blogs – and there was an air of excitement as flag-waving school children, dignitaries and staff from East Midlands Trains gathered to see the result of three years of hard work.

During the opening ceremony, Sir William McAlpine said that it was ‘wonderful’ to be there, while David Horne, Managing Director of East Midlands Trains, thanked everyone who had worked on the station, praising their workmanship and vision.

The station is a gateway to Nottingham and serves more than seven million people each year. Along with train travel, passengers can also make use of the new 950-space car park and access the city’s tram network which is also expanding.

The station first opened on 17th January 1904 at a cost of £1million. Designed by Charles Trubshaw and Albert Edward Lambert, and based on an American style, it has been Nottingham’s main station since the Victoria Station closed in 1967. As part of the improvement works, the Edwardian Grade II* listed entrance has been transformed and period features have been restored.

As well as boasting period features, the new station is also incredibly modern. The glass-fronted Southern Concourse makes it feel light and spacious and there are new shops and cafes for passengers to enjoy. The station was certainly busy when I visited – but people flowed through it easily as they travelled to their destinations.

Everyone at Experience Nottinghamshire is delighted with the transformation of the station, which alludes to its past while also being firmly grounded in the 21st century. Both leisure and business tourists alike are sure to be impressed when they step off their trains for the first time.

Nottingham’s new railway station has been delivered by East Midlands Trains and Network Rail who have worked alongside Nottingham City Council, construction firm Taylor Woodrow and the Railway Heritage Trust.

Posted on 01 December 2014
Featured author: Catherine Allen Marketing Assistant

Arts fan, runner and cyclist who has been living in Nottingham for more than a decade. Loves real ale, craft beer, good food, travelling and sausage dogs.

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