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The final countdown to the start of Nottingham’s major transformation scheme is now underway and passengers are being reminded to familiarise themselves with all the arrangements in place for travel during this time.
Saturday 20 July will mark day one of a 37 day project that will see the complete renewal of the railway around Nottingham. As part of this project, more than a mile of track will be relayed with a series of junctions, as well as the construction of a new platform and more than 140 new signals.
As a result of the scale and complexity of the works, there will be significant changes to East Midlands Trains services on routes to and from Nottingham between Saturday 20 July and Sunday 25 August. In partnership with CrossCountry and Northern Rail, a comprehensive timetable has been produced covering all trains and replacement bus services to/from Nottingham.
East Midlands Trains and Network Rail have invested around three years of careful planning to ensure that passengers can have the best possible journey during the improvement work. Extensive measures have been put in place including station enhancements at key stations, discounted travel and alternative travel arrangements with bus and rail operators.
David Horne, Managing Director for East Midlands Trains, said: “It’s really exciting that Nottingham will start such a major transformation in just a few days.
“A huge amount of effort and more than three years worth of detailed planning has taken place by our teams to ensure our passengers get the best possible service during the works. Our 100+ strong team of volunteers are now getting ready to get out to stations and help our passengers with every step of their journey.
“We’ll be keeping passengers regularly informed on progress with the works and with any useful information they need for their journey with us. As well as weekly email updates, regular updates on our website, eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/nottingham, we’ll also have lots of information at stations and on our trains. In addition, a dedicated twitter feed will provide useful information and answer any questions on travel arrangements during the works using ‘Shirley’, who many people will recognise as the face of our communications campaign.”
To sign up to receive weekly email updates, visit eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/nottingham or to follow the dedicated twitter feed, follow @shirley_updates. A life-sized Shirley mascot will be at Nottingham throughout the works helping the team of customer service volunteers keep people on the move.
Network Rail's Route Managing Director Phil Verster said: "The vital work we are about to carry out at Nottingham will be the biggest change to the railway in the city since the 1960s and will allow operators to trains more reliably and more often than ever before.
"We will be installing the latest technology on the route, along with new track, improved junctions and a new platform too. This will leave the city's railway in a much better position to serve the millions of people who use it every year."
Helping passengers keep on the move
Extensive measures have been put in place to help passengers with their journeys during the Nottingham re-signalling works including: