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.
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.
Passengers at Nottingham's railway station will be able to use the new Southern Concourse for the first time today.
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.
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.
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%
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.
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
The Great Central Railway's plan for a new museum, to be built in Leicester, is expected to cost £15million in total.
Alongside the proposed £10million lottery grant, submitted to the National Heritage Fund, £5million of additional match funding would be required.
A striking building is planned for construction, alongside the Great Central Railway's Leicester North station where the museum will be connected to the running lines, allowing for inter-changeable displays.
Drumming up support for the project, City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said:
This is a really exciting opportunity to create a heritage railway centre of national standing in Leicester...
...The museum will house items which are of both national importance and local interest, complementing the nearby National Space Centre and Abbey Pumping Station, helping to enhance the city's reputation as an important visitor destination.
The proposed railway museum to be built in Leicester could create up to a thousand new jobs.
An economic impact study, carried out as part of the £10million funding bid, suggests the project will be worth £43million to the local economy over five years.
Leicester City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, has called it an exciting opportunity to enhance the city's reputation as an important visitor destination and said:
"It will create hundreds of new jobs, both during construction and on opening, while providing training opportunities in the rail industry for dozens of young people. We're fully committed to this project and will be working with the Great Central Railway to help them deliver this ambitious scheme.
Along with 300 short-term construction jobs, annual visitor figures are expected to reach 230,000, and so additional spending could create more than 900 jobs for the surrounding area.