VIDEO: Fly through £67m station revamp deal is 'close'
WORK could start on a £67m transformation of Nottingham railway station this year, the Post can reveal.
The key partners in the development are "close" to reaching an agreement for the work to begin later in the year – starting with the construction of a striking new multi-storey car park off Queens Road.
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Paving works have already started in Station Street and a new cycle compound is being created, as part of the first phase of major enhancements to the public spaces around the station.
But the wider plan to revamp the station to become a world-class integrated transport system – known as The Hub – is now moving nearer.
The station redevelopment will also include a new ticket office and improved passenger facilities, along with the transformation of the existing taxi waiting area into an enclosed passenger arrival hall with new shops.
A new concourse will be built to make it easier for passengers to connect between the train and the proposed tram lines two and three. The design will place emphasis on blending the station's historic features with a new modern look.
Users of the station will also benefit from upgraded transport links in and out of the station and enhanced cycle facilities, car parking and drop-off and pick-up facilities.
Coun Jane Urquhart, Nottingham City Council's transport spokesman, said: "We are very encouraged with the progress made to realise the Hub project.
"The station is an important gateway to the city. A new modern 21st century station will not only benefit passengers and visitors to Nottingham, but it will be a major boost for the economic wellbeing of the city.
"Businesses have been calling for the station to be improved for years.
"Together with the proposals for lines two and three of the tram, Nottingham would boast a state-of-the-art transport interchange allowing passengers to move freely between tram and train."
The station redevelopment is a key part of the wider regeneration of the Southside area of Nottingham. It will also provide a useful transport link for Nottingham City Council employees, who are due to move to a new headquarters at the nearby Loxley House – the former Capital One building.
The Hub will free up four key development sites that are projected to bring about 2,000 new jobs to the city, and another 7,500 as a result of the regeneration of Eastside and Southside.
Coun Urquhart added: "A modernised train station surrounded by new development will make this part of the city very attractive. Visitors to Nottingham will know they have arrived at a very dynamic forward thinking, modern city. And this is a great first impression to have."
The Hub project is part of the workplace parking levy (WPL) package of benefits.
The WPL, which is to be introduced in April 2012, will also help pay for NET Phase Two and maintaining the city council's Link bus network.
The key partners in the Hub project are Network Rail, East Midlands Trains, Nottingham City Council and East Midlands Development Agency (emda).
Diana Gilhespy, emda's executive director of regeneration, said: "Improving transport connectivity in this key area of the city will have an important economic impact.
"Not only will it mean better access for all communities both within Nottingham, across the region and beyond, it will also unlock development sites within the station complex and surrounding areas for further investment. This will create substantial employment opportunities which will be critical as we come out of recession and strive to achieve the long-term goal of a flourishing region. Our investment of £9.5m is set to make an important contribution to realising this vision."
To see a video "fly-through" of how the revamped station will look, go to www.thisisnottingham.co.uk.