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Council: Smithfield plans 'will create a vibrant new destination'

Birmingham City Council says plans for a £500 million regeneration of a 14 hectare site in the city centre 'will create a vibrant new destination'.

Birmingham Smithfield is expected to create 3,000 new jobs Credit: Marketing Birmingham

Birmingham Smithfield presents a once in a generation opportunity to build upon our recent successes and deliver a truly unique asset for the city. Our plans for Birmingham Smithfield will create a vibrant new destination – adding to the city’s reputation as a top visitor destination and a great place to live and do business.

The area’s vibrant heritage, dating back to 1166 with its focus on markets, will be central to its future transformation, with the name Birmingham Smithfield reflecting its unique history. While the area’s wholesale markets will move, its retail markets will be improved to encourage more niche and specialist traders to locate alongside the famous brands on offer at the nearby Bullring retail centre.

– Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council

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Demolition of old Ilkeston train station to begin

Demolition work will get underway today of the old Ilkeston train station, 50 years after it closed.

Demolition work will get underway today Credit: ITV News Central

It will make way for a new one costing £6.5 million.

Ilkeston has often been described as the largest town in England without a train station after Dr Beeching, a former Chairman of British Railways, brought out a report in the 1960s, which led to thousands of stations and many railways closing down.

Artist's impression of the new station Credit: Derbyshire County Council

The new station will have two platforms, automated ticket machines, a 150-space car park and a taxi rank.

It will also service the Nottingham to Leeds line.

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