Tuesday, 27 August 2013
Green Light For Nottingham As £100m Rail Investment Completes On Time
After five weeks of around-the-clock effort, six miles of new track, 143 new signals, a new platform, the work of 2,000 people and over 30,000 bus movements, a full train service has begun again at Nottingham station.
Network Rail’s £100m investment in the railway through the city has seen its 1960s-era signalling and track pulled up and replaced with modern equivalents to a new, more efficient and flexible design. This will improve the reliability of the train service in the East Midlands and complement the work going on to improve the station.
A revised bank holiday train service started again from at 0531 on Monday morning and today (Tuesday 27 August) marks the start of the first full working day timetable for the new systems and infrastructure.
Network Rail’s area director for the East Midlands, Justin Page, said: “We really appreciate the patience of the people of the East Midlands over the past five weeks – they have been fantastic during the disruption and it’s great to see trains running through Nottingham station again. We’ve built a new layout with a modern signalling system that represents a leap forward for the railway and will improve people’s journeys.
“The next big step for us will be the completion of work on the Hub and the refurbishment of the station, which will be the culmination of £150m of rail investment in the city.”
The new track and signalling layout at Nottingham allows for greater flexibility, uncorking the bottleneck on the approach to the station which has for many years resulted in trains at a stand waiting for platforms to become available. With the number of trains and passengers using Nottingham station predicted to grow, this flexibility will enable Network Rail and East Midlands Trains to run a more reliable service.
David Horne, managing director of East Midlands Trains, said: “This is the biggest ever project that East Midlands Trains has been involved in and the positive feedback received from our customers demonstrates the real value of our years of planning with our partners Network Rail.
“We would like to thank all of our customers for their patience over the last five weeks, as well as our staff and all of the bus and coach drivers
who helped us to run over 30,000 buses over the last five weeks. Our thanks also go to Network Rail and its contractors for delivering a successful project which has been completed right on time.
“Work continues on the Nottingham Hub project which will create a station that we can all be proud of and Nottingham will have transport links that will be the envy of the UK. With line speed improvements delivering faster journeys to London coming in December and electrification around the corner, this is a great step forward for our region."
DNCC Chief Executive George Cowcher added: "George Cowcher, chief executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: "The new Nottingham station is a state-of-the-art facility and a terrific asset for the city. Whilst there has been some disruption, we've found that as always, the businesses affected have just got on with things as best they can. I think most businesses have realised what the big picture is following this construction work and have seen the importance of going through a bit of short-term pain to enable the station redevelopment to take place because it will bring huge benefits to Nottingham."
During the work East Midlands Trains kept passengers moving with a service of more than 700 bus movements a day linking Nottingham with East Midlands Parkway, Derby, Beeston, Alfreton, Grantham and Newark.Back