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2015 - 2018: Improving Core City Connections

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Train travel is an important part of our transport strategy, it is essential that Nottingham is well connected to London and other core cities for both our business and our leisure travels.

Whilst Nottingham City Council isn't directly responsible for the development of the rail services we regularly meet with the rail companies and Network Rail, we also respond to industry consultations where we make our feelings known as to what Nottingham requires in terms of a rail service.

In 2014 a £60m redevelopment scheme of Nottingham Station was completed. Improvements included the restoration of the Edwardian Grade II listed building, a new passenger concourse and complementary works carried out by Network Rail to provide an improved track layout. For more information on the Station redevelopments please visit the Nottingham Station webpage

Midland Mainline Electrification
Planned electrification and line speed upgrades to the Midland Mainline aim to reduce rail travel times between Nottingham and London to just 90 minutes, while direct connections to Eurostar services through to St Pancras International will mean Nottingham is less than five hours from Paris and Brussels.

The comprehensive programme of works includes realigning and replacing tracks, remodelling stations, reconstructing bridges, lengthening platforms and improving signalling. This work will take place in two phases with Bedford to Kettering/Corby to be completed by 2019, and to Nottingham, Derby and Sheffield by 2023.
High Speed Rail
There is a compelling case in favour of high speed rail in supporting national economic growth and releasing capacity on the existing rail network. The City Council wholeheartedly supports the location of the proposed East Midlands Hub Station at Toton.

During consultation on the routes and station locations for the two lines north of Birmingham to Leeds and to Manchester (Phase 2) the City Council agreed its response at the Executive Board meeting on 17 December 2013 with consultation closing at the end of January 2014. You can download the Councils response along with other relevant documents in the downloads section.

Following the announcement of the HS2 Phase 2b property and route refinement consultations on 15 November 2016, details are now available of the information events that will take place along the Phase 2b line of route to support the consultations.
The information events aim to give people the opportunity to speak to staff from many disciplines at HS2 and discuss the proposals in their area and for homeowners to have their say on:
  • Proposed property compensation on assistance schemes that will be offered to people along with the entire Phase2b route
  • Seven locations along the Phase 2b route where refinements are being proposed that vary significantly from the route presented back in July 2013
The information events taking place over January and February 2017 will have sound booths (Leeds and Manchester city centre exempt due to space restrictions) to give an indication of proposed noise levels . The consultations will run until 9th March 2017.
For more information visit here
See below some further information regarding HS2 East Midlands:

HS2 East Midlands Factsheet

Station Cycle Hub
The final part of the redevelopment of Nottingham Station. East Midlands Trains was to develop a secure cycle hub on the south side of the station to complement the existing one on the north side. This has now been completed and accommodates around 100 cycles in a purpose built, secure and covered space with maintenance and changing facilities.
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Project home page

This project comprises 2 major projects, each with separate project home pages: High Speed 2 (HS2) and the Midland Main Line electrification project.

Visit the HS2 project home page... Visit the Midland Main Line project home page...
Key benefits
  • Increased capacity and improved reliability
  • A new fleet of electric trains in line with the Midland Mainline electrification
  • Longer, faster and quieter trains
  • Improved journey times