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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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Old famous locomotive returns to Birmingham from Derbyshire

The age of steam returned to Birmingham New Street today - with the appearance of a famous, old locomotive.

As a modern day Pendolino train left the station, the 76-year old veteran - the Duchess of Sutherland - steamed into the city.

The Coronation class engine is normally based at Butterley in Derbyshire. But today she hauled a special train called The Midlander between Birmingham and London Euston.

Revamped station great for Nottingham business says MP

Nottingham's revamped station is great for the city attracting businesses, according to Lilian Greenwood, MP for Nottingham South.

She spoke to ITV News Central on the day passengers have been able to use the new southern concourse for the first time.

It is part of the £50million transformation which links platforms to a multi-storey car park, and eventually two new tram lines. It will be completed later this year.

Read: Nottingham station main entrance re-opens after refurbishment

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