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Nottingham’s round-the-clock rail upgrade completes

27 Aug 13 Full train services have resumed at Nottingham station after a five-week round-the-clock project to install six miles of new track, 143 new signals and a new platform.

Network Rail’s £100m investment in the railway through the city has seen its 1960s-era signalling and track pulled up and replaced with modern equivalents to improve the reliability of the train service in the East Midlands.

Network Rail’s area director for the East Midlands Justin Page, said: “We really appreciate the patience of the people of the East Midlands over the past five weeks – they have been fantastic during the disruption and it’s great to see trains running through Nottingham station again. We’ve built a new layout with a modern signalling system that represents a leap forward for the railway and will improve people’s journeys."

The Nottingham Hub project is transforming the railway around the city. “The next big step for us will be the completion of work on the Hub and the refurbishment of the station, which will be the culmination of £150m of rail investment in the city,” he added.

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David Horne, managing director of East Midlands Trains, said: “This is the biggest ever project that East Midlands Trains has been involved in and the positive feedback received from our customers demonstrates the real value of our years of planning with our partners Network Rail.

“We would like to thank all of our customers for their patience over the last five weeks, as well as our staff and all of the bus and coach drivers who helped us to run over 30,000 buses over the last five weeks. Our thanks also go to Network Rail and its contractors for delivering a successful project which has been completed right on time.”

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