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Redevelopment of historic railway station near completion

The rejuvenation of the former Great Central Station in Leicester is nearly complete. Credit: ITV News Central

A railway station in Leicester which was left derelict is nearing its rejuvenation.

The former Great Central Station was once the gateway to the city.

It closed in 1969, and the site became hemmed in by the inner city road, the area around it slowly declined.

The station is now nearly restored to its former glory as part of a multimillion pound development.

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After decades of being neglected the area is finally being given a new lease of life.

There will be a hotels, shops, flats, offices and a new 'super crossing', providing a safer way for people to walk from the city's waterside into the centre.

The development of the hotels and business spaces has been in the planning for five years, its taken two years to build - and is cost £50 million in private funding.

It is due to open on Thursday 16th January.

The refurbishment of the Victorian station should be completed by this spring.

It'll house a bowling alley, mini golf and other games as well as being used for pop-up events.

Nearby business owners such as Ranjit Singh are glad the area is finally being rejuvenated.

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