Transport minister Jo Johnson describes 'substantial damage' to Nottingham train station after fire

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The fire at Nottingham Station has caused 'substantial damage', according to transport minister Jo Johnson.

Mr Johnson, who travelled to Nottingham after news of the fire broke, described the blaze as a "devastating incident that's done substantial damage".

He also told the Post "we owe a huge debt of gratitude to the emergency services" for responding to and dealing with the incident.

Mr Johnson, who has been inside the station, described the damage caused by the fire.

He said: "It's a devastating incident that has done some substantial damage to Nottingham Station.

"I'm confident that we will be able to get the station back up and running, or at least the bulk of it, up and running.

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"There is an assessment that still needs to be undertaken to ensure that the building is structurally secure and safe, but it is promising that we can get the station back up to running, we hope, within the next few days."

Asked what funding will be made available to make repairs to the station, Mr Johnson said the Department for Transport "stands by ready to assist" East Midlands Trains, Network Rail and Nottingham City Council.

He said: "We need to do a proper assessment of the station, [see] exactly what damage has been done and what type of work needs to be done to get it back up and running."

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Paying tribute to the work of the emergency services, Mr Johnson said: "What I'm really pleased about today is that passengers were evacuated safely this morning.

"This was a busy time of the morning - two or 300 passengers waiting to take their trains, evacuated really effectively by the operating company without anybody, as far as we can tell, has been injured or hurt. That's a first class achievement by the emergency services and by East Midlands Trains so I'm really pleased about that."

(The video at the top of this page is courtesy of West Bridgford Wire.)