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Event celebrates 175 years of the railways in Derby

Derby-based Bombardier is to make trains for the London Crossrail project Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

A special event marking 175 years of the rail industry in Derby is being held at Bombardier's Litchurch Lane site today. Passenger services began in 1839. The city has a world-renowned reputation for making trains and is also home to Europe's largest amount of rail-related firms.

£600m to transform New Street into flagship rail station

Construction has begun on Birmingham New Street station Credit: ITV News Central

The Midlands will benefit from a £600 million transformation of Birmingham New Street as part of plans by Network Rail which begin today to improve rail services across the country.

The redevelopment aims to transform New Street in to one of Britain's flagship stations.

New station will be anchored by a John Lewis department store Credit: ITV News Central

Birmingham New Street will see a new concourse which will be three and a half times bigger than at present and a large atrium will filter natural light throughout the station.

The station will also have links to the new Grand Central shopping centre which will provide over 40 new shops, including John Lewis, and 20 restaurants and cafes.

The approach to and from New Street will also be resignalled to provide a more reliable and efficient railway meaning fewer delays.