Nottingham Station – end of 2013 progress
As you know, we have been bringing you continuous updates from Nottingham Train Station regarding the work taking place to renovate and re-vitalise the city’s magnificent building and modernise the site to incorporate it into a wider transport hub that will make Nottingham a far more easily accessible city for commuters and tourists alike.
This week I paid the guys at East Midlands Trains another visit to see how the work is progressing as we near the end of 2013. It seems a lifetime ago now when the work commenced. However, with the end of the year in plain sight, and only another four months until the expected completion date, it is safe to say that you can now begin to appreciate how the finished station will look and the benefits people commuting to and from the city will receive as a result.
Most of the scaffolding within the main entrance has now been removed and this has opened up the space for workers to begin laying the slabs and getting the entrance ready for the big opening. The finished product will see a wide open concourse with shops, cafes and a ticket office, all with a clean, open-plan look and feel with glass partitions dividing shops from the open spaces. The new glass roof, which you can see in the image on the right, has really opened up the space and makes it feel far more expansive than before.
I was taken along the platforms one by one, starting at platform seven, and I have to say the finished article is impressive. All the canopies are now in place, and the expanse of the platform is what strikes you the most. The existing footbridges have been renovated between platforms with new signage and a new lick of paint. The station manager, Darren Field-Thomas, was telling me that the only finishing touches to add to platform seven are benches and additional signage.
We then headed over to platform five & six, where I was fortunate enough to see one of the most impressive developments since my previous visit back in September. The building that houses the Pumpkin Cafe has been completely transformed, with the false ceiling removed allowing them to open up the roof space and make the most of the original moldings that came with the building. Brand new stained glass has been installed around the roof to add the finishing touch the building deserves. I remember my previous visits to the Pumpkin Cafe as a commuter, and the transformation is fantastic!
Platform six will also be receiving a canopy to fill the open space between the building and the platform end, meaning that on a rainy day you won’t struggle to find shelter. Another job that is just getting underway is the replacement of all the slabs on platforms one & two, bringing them up to date and in-line with all the other platforms.
Our final stop was the connecting walkway between what will be the new entrance space and the platform gantry. Here we saw new skylights being installed to open up the space and create more light as well as modernisation of original features.
All in all, the site has come a long way since my first visit back in the summer, when the major building and re-signalling work began. It’s sometimes hard to grasp what the finished article will look like as an outsider, and being so close to the project means you develop a greater understanding of the work that has been carried out, whether it’s glaringly obvious or behind the scenes. All I can guarantee you is that the finished station will be something that Nottingham can be proud of, and combined with the links to the existing and new tram links as well as our great networks for buses and taxi’s, all the hard work will be 100% worth it!
Current annual figures tell us that Nottingham Station generates footfall in the region of 7 million, but with the new tram links and the additional footfall generated from linking the tram stations to Nottingham Station, this is expected to rise to a potential 10 million. Nottingham Station is set to become the flagship station in the region and as such, boost the economy of our great city in relation to business and tourism.
We will continue to update you on the work being carried out at Nottingham Train Station in early 2014, so keep checking in with us on here and on our Facebook and Twitter pages too. For travel information on getting to and from Nottingham and how to get around the county, please visit our travel page.