What happened when Nottingham Station closed before?

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Today is not the first time Nottingham Station has closed - it shut for six weeks almost five years ago.

The station was shut between July 20 and August 26 2013, while a £100m project to renew six miles of track, install 140 news signals and revamp two level crossings to the east of the station.

But plans drawn up by East Midlands Trains and Network Rail ensured the city and its passengers kept moving.

During the closure, up to 40 rail replacement buses left Nottingham Station every hour, transferring passengers to nearby stations.

Keys facts about the Nottingham station fire

  • The number of firefighters at the scene is 50
  • Ten crews are tackling the blaze
  • The initial call came in at 6.25am
  • No injuries to report
  • The cause is yet to be determined
  • Station is expected to be closed all day

East Midlands Parkway was used as the main alternative for passengers heading to cities such as London, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, and Sheffield.

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Replacement buses also took passengers between Nottingham and Derby, as well as to and from Newark and Grantham.

And for three of the six weeks that the station was closed, passengers travelling between Nottingham and Skegness had to catch a bus to Grantham and pick up a connecting service to the east coast.