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Nottingham Station partially re-open after fire

More than 50 firefighters tackled the blaze yesterday. Credit: PA

Nottingham Train Station has partially re-opened after a suspected arson attack yesterday.

East Midlands Trains confirmed the station re-opened at 04:45am this morning with most trains running as normal.

However platforms 6 and 7 remain closed and passengers are still advised to check before they travel.

The fire started in a toilet block and spread to the roof. Credit: PA

The following disruption can be expected today:

  • London - Nottingham: Stopping services will run as normal, fast services will start/terminate at East Midlands Parkway
  • Liverpool - Norwich: Services running as normal
  • Nottingham - Worksop: All services cancelled and a rail replacement bus service will operate
  • Matlock - Newark: Services to run between Matlock and Derby only
  • Leicester - Lincoln: Services to run between Leicester and Loughborough and between Nottingham and Lincoln only
  • Nottingham - Skegness: Services to run as normal

All other East Midlands Trains routes which do not run via Nottingham (Crewe, Grimsby, Lincoln to Peterborough, and Lincoln to Doncaster routes, as well as other mainline services) will operate as normal.

Both overbridges at the station are open and the Queen's Road, Station Street and Carrington Street entrances are all now open.

The IT systems have been affected by the fire, resulting in limited ticketing facilities and no electronic boards displaying train times.

An East Midlands Trains spokesman said part of the station is boarded up as investigations continue. They added:

A huge amount of work has gone on overnight to get the station ready for safe use by customers today.

A deep clean has been carried out of the areas now open to passengers to deal with smoke and water damage, as well as work to put up boarding to close off certain parts of the station.

There was a lot of critical work behind the scenes last night by our train planners and operations teams to get trains which had been at different maintenance depots overnight in the right place for the start of service this morning. Plans also had to be put in place to ensure the safe movement of passengers around the station with some areas still closed off.

Getting the station open has been a great team effort, involving not just our own staff, but also Network Rail, contractors and the emergency services.

– East Midlands Trains

Jake Kelly, Managing Director of East Midlands Trains, thanked the emergency services after the fire broke out around 06.30am on Friday.

He said:

We would like to thank the emergency services for their brave and professional response to the fire in challenging circumstances.

Thankfully, it appears that no-one has been injured.

We will continue to support the investigation into the cause of the fire and would ask anyone who may have any information to contact British Transport Police.

– Jake Kelly
The station is now partially re-open but passengers are advised to check before they travel. Credit: PA

British Transport Police have now launched an investigation after confirming they are treating the fire as arson.

The Grade II listed building has been significantly damaged after the fire spread from a toilet block to the main concourse and the roof.

Transport Minister Jo Johnson visited Nottingham Station yesterday following the fire. He said:

I saw for myself the hard work of the emergency services, East Midlands Trains and Network Rail to control the fire and keep passengers safe and informed.

It's a real testament to their efforts that they expect to run a majority of services today.

However some disruption is still expected and I would urge passengers to check with their operator before travelling.

– Jo Johnson

Some 60 firefighters tackled the blaze with specialist equipment and it was brought fully under control by the afternoon.

No-one was injured.