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Mayor calls railway museum 'exciting opportunity'

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.

Railway museum to create jobs for hundreds

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.


£10 million bid lodged for new railway museum

The Great central Railway have submitted a bid for £10million to the Heritage Lottery Fund. for the building of a new railway museum in Leicester.

Filled with priceless artefacts from the national collection, the new attraction will be based at GCR's terminus in Leicester North.

Plans for the new museum have been described as "world class" and Managing Director of the Great Central Railway Bill Ford said:

This is a visionary project. In the last 12 months the partners have worked hard to prepare the funding bid. The museum will help people reconnect with Leicester's railway story and our shared heritage. Together with our thriving steam line, we're confident tens of thousands of people will visit every year.

Leicester railway museum lottery hopes

It is claimed the project would be worth £43 million to the local economy Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A bid has been put forward for lottery funding to help pay for a new railway museum in Leicester.

If the £10 million grant is given by the Heritage Lottery Fund, a new tourist attraction would be created at Leicester North.

The site is the terminus for The Great Central Railway, who are running the project in partnership with Leicester City Council and the National Railway Museum.

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Nottingham station reopens, full report

Commuters have used Nottingham Train Station for the first time since it re-opened to the public. The station and surrounding lines have been closed for 37 days for track and re-signalling work at a cost of more than £100 million.

There were still some cancelled services today though - a de-railed freight train between Nottingham and Newark means that service has been suspended for the next five days.


First real test of Nottingham station runs smoothly

The first real test of Nottingham station ran smoothly this morning as commuters arrived in the city via train for the first time in nearly six weeks.

Most of the work in this second phase of redevelopment has gone on behind the scenes replacing track and signals that were over 40 years old.

Commuters on the new Nottingham Station platform this morning Credit: ITV News Central

For passengers using the station the two main changes they will notice are the brand new Platform 4 and the new canopy on Platform 7, which allows London trains to exit the station in both directions.

The project aims to improve the flexibility of the station, which it is hoped will have a positive impact on service reliability.

Redevelopment will continue at Nottingham station until Spring 2014. Credit: ITV News Central
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Rail service between Skegness and Nottingham gets back to normal

Rail services linking Skegness with Nottingham have started getting back to normal.

Nottingham station has undergone a £100 million revamp, with buses replacing trains over the last month. It re-opened yesterday but today officials will see how staff and commuters cope with the changes as people return to work following the Bank Holiday.

Network Rail area manager Justin Page says they've have thousands of people working on the project.

Test for Nottingham train station

The station reopened yesterday Credit: Neil Squires/Press Association Images

Nottingham's newly revamped station gets its first real test today after being closed for five weeks.

The station has undergone a 100 million-pound revamp.

It re-opened yesterday but today officials will see how staff and commuters cope with the changes as people return to work following the Bank Holiday.

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