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An announcement will be made by Transport Minister, Norman Baker, during a visit of Nottingham’s public transport infrastructure on Monday 4 October. He says: “For many visitors and travellers, stations are the first experience they have of a place. A modern railway station with excellent customer facilities can speak volumes about a town or city. They are important gateways. The plans for Nottingham’s station are very exciting. Not only will passengers have a more pleasant experience using the station, the redevelopment will enhance transport interchange and accessibility and kick start wider regeneration in the surrounding area, bringing a welcome boost to the local economy.”
Three of the key partners involved in the redevelopment - Network Rail, East Midlands Trains and Nottingham City Council will now appoint contractors for the first stages of the redevelopment – the construction of a new multi-storey car park and associated highway improvement works on Queen’s Road. Public realm works on Station Street were completed earlier in the year and a new cycle storage facility opened in July. It is anticipated that works on the Porte Cochere (the main station entrance and existing drop off and taxi waiting area), will start in July 2012. The entire scheme is anticipated to cost in excess of £60m and should be completed by late 2014.
The work will include:
John Watson (Chair of the Hub Project Board), says: “This is fantastic news and I’m delighted that all parties have found a way to take this project forward, despite concerns about local funding. Along with the extended tram network and the widening of the A453, the redevelopment of the railway station is considered by the business community as key to the future success of Nottingham’s economy. It will act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the Southside of the city and create many new job opportunities. With the proposals for the extended tram network, the station will become a state of the art public transport interchange and gateway to Nottingham.”
The project will also have a catalytic effect on a number of the other development sites adjacent to the station, and it has been projected that approximately 23,000m2 of office development and 1,400m2 of retail will be realised by 2020 creating over 1200 new jobs.
The station redevelopment is a key part of the wider regeneration of the Southside and Eastside areas of Nottingham. Recently Nottingham City Council moved into Loxley House (the former Capital One building). The property developer, Peel Holdings, (currently developing Media City in Salford) have had proposals approved for Sovereign House, which will create 27,000 sq metres of office space, 10,000 sq metres for a 240 room hotel and 6500 sq metres of retail and leisure use. A development opportunities impact assessment undertaken by project stakeholders and industry experts identified that 135,000m2 of office development and 7000 jobs will, as a result of the station redevelopment going ahead, be realised sooner than would otherwise be the case.
Lawrence Bowman, Project Sponsor for East Midlands Trains, added: “With almost seven million passengers a year using Nottingham station, it is one of the busiest train stations on the East Midlands Trains’ network and is crucial to the future economic growth of the city. As well as providing significantly improved station facilities, the scheme will deliver improvements to allow easier access onto public transport, making Nottingham station a true gateway to the city.
We are extremely pleased to be working with Nottingham City Council, Network Rail and other partners in delivering this scheme to offer better facilities for existing station users, and provide us with an opportunity to attract even more people onto public transport”.
Fiona Taylor, Route Director for Network Rail, added: "Nottingham relies on rail and this is why Network Rail is committed to improving the city's station for current and future passengers. Our challenge in the coming years is to make travel by train more and more compelling, especially as congestion on our roads increases. The value-for-money upgrade of the station will make interchange between different types of transport much easier and the station will become a more attractive place to begin or end a journey. All this will attract more passengers to the railway and, by connecting people with jobs, will help boost the economy."
Toward the end of the station works, Network Rail will complete the full resignalling of the line, facilitating improved performance. Platform 4 will also be redesigned to increase the number of trains which can call at Nottingham and improve flexibility of services.