Nottingham railway station reopens after five weeks

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Train services from Nottingham have resumed after the city's railway station was largely closed for five weeks.

Rail infrastructure around the city has been rebuilt, including new signals and the relaying of tracks.

Some passengers have complained about the disruption and the reliability of the replacement bus services.

But East Midlands Trains said the improvements would improve reliability and reduce delays.

Three signal boxes in Nottingham have been closed and their operations have been transferred to a regional rail operating centre in Derby.

Five weeks of work in numbers

A train at Nottingham Station
  • One new platform
  • One hundred and forty three new signals
  • Six miles of new track
  • Four signal boxes closed and replaced with two new workstations at Derby signalling centre
  • Two level crossings renewed
  • Two level crossings closed and replaced with footbridges
  • All signalling is designed with electrification in mind so disruption will be reduced when the wires come to Nottingham

Chris Denham, a spokesperson for Network Rail, said: "It's the most modern centre we have at the moment.

"Eventually we hope to roll these out everywhere in the country. It already controls signals in Leicester and on the Robin Hood line."

'Best' Skegness service

No trains have run to the west of Nottingham station, including to London, Leicester, Mansfield and Derby, since 20 July.

For the 12 days between 29 July and 9 August there were no services to the east of Nottingham, to and via Newark or Grantham.

The work has been done during the summer because rail services are traditionally quieter then.

Nottingham station is used by many holidaymakers travelling east to Skegness, on the Lincolnshire coast, so East Midlands Trains tried to maintain "the best possible service" for passengers on this route.

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