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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

Passengers use new Southern Concourse for first time

Passengers at Nottingham's railway station will be able to use the new Southern Concourse for the first time today.

The development is part of a wider £1billion improvement scheme for transport in the area Credit: ITV News Central

When it is completed it will link the platforms to a multi-storey car park and two new tram lines.

It is part of a £1billion improvement scheme for the area - £50million of which is being spent on the station.

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Youngsters warned to stay off railway lines during holidays

Figures show that cases of railway trespass soar during the school holidays and after the clocks change - as children play outside during longer and lighter evenings.

Now police and rail safety officials are trying new tactics to spread the safety message during the Easter break.

They're patrolling in a special train - along the Robin Hood line in Nottinghamshire. Anyone they spot who shouldn't be there, could face up to ten years in prison, or a £1000 fine.


UK's busiest stations: Find out where Birmingham ranked

All the top 10 busiest stations reported an increase in passengers in the last financial year.

The number of people using stations across Britain in 2012 to 2013 rose 3.3%, the statistics from the Office of Rail Regulation show.

The top 10 busiest stations based on the estimated number of exits and entrances to a station during 2012/13 are:

  • Waterloo in London - increase of 1.9% - 96 million
  • Victoria in London - increase of 1.6% - 77.34 million
  • Liverpool Street London - increase of 2.4% - 58.45 million.
  • Euston in London - increase of 4.9% - 38.3 million.
  • Birmingham New Street - increase of 2.7% - 32.09 million
  • Glasgow Central - increase of 2.2% - 27.18 million.
  • Leeds - increase of 4.6% - 26.2 million
  • Manchester Piccadilly - increase of 1.0% - 23.15 million
  • Brighton - increase of 0.8% - 16.18 million
  • Liverpool Central and Liverpool Lime Street - decrease - 4.9%

'Allow extra time' for New Street journeys - Network Rail

We would urge passengers to allow extra time to catch their train from New Street over the next few weekends while we manage the huge increase in passengers using the station.

The safety of passengers is our priority and last Friday we saw nearly 200,000 passengers use the station, a 75,000 increase on a typical day. We would appreciate their patience while we implement these crowd control measures which are there for the safety of all passengers using the station.

– Steve Lewis, Network Rail station manager

Travel warning for Birmingham New Street journeys

Passengers travelling from Birmingham New Street station on Friday nights and weekends are being asked to allow extra time for their journeys owing to the huge increase in passengers over the Christmas period.

From today (Friday December 6) Network Rail will be implementing crowd control measures at the station over weekends to prevent overcrowding on the platforms. At busy times, passengers may be asked to wait a short while on the station concourse to allow platforms to clear.

Over the next three Friday nights and weekends until Christmas, crowd control measures will be in place at New Street station at the following times:

  • Friday 1500-2300
  • Saturday 0900-2300
  • Sunday 1100-2300
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