How the inside of Nottingham train station looks after the fire

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This is how the inside of Nottingham railway station looks after Friday's blaze which took firefighters 12 hours to tackle.

The fire is believed to have started in a toilet before spreading to the roof space.

It did most damage to the newer extended part of the station, which had a major revamp four years ago.

The Grade II* listed part of the building, built in 1848, was left unscathed.

This morning, Saturday, the main entrance is closed but the side entrance in Station Street is open.

Inside, the part of the of the building which was most severely damaged remains cordoned off.

Part of the station remains blocked off

Part of the station remains blocked off

An East Midlands Trains spokesman said: “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. We are also liaising with the tenants who have premises within the building.

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“Both overbridges at the station are open. Passengers were able to access the building from Queen’s Road and Station Street from first thing this morning and we are now opening the entrance on Carrington Street.

Smoke damage can be seen on this overbridge

Smoke damage can be seen on this overbridge

"Car parking facilities are available on Queen’s Road and the tram stop is also open.

“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.

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"Plans also had to be put in place to ensure the safe movement of passengers around the station with some areas still closed off.

The main concourse at Nottingham railway station

The main concourse at Nottingham railway station

“The fire has understandably affected some facilities. That has included IT systems, which means there are limited ticketing facilities and we are unable to display train information on electronic screens at present. The ticket office will also remain closed for the immediate future.

There are no electronic displays, after the communications room was damaged

There are no electronic displays, after the communications room was damaged

“However, we have a dedicated team of staff on site who are providing information and advice to passengers to make sure they can continue their journeys. We’d like to thank customers for their continuing patience and understanding.

“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. We will be working hard in the days ahead to restore more station facilities and train services for passengers.”

A train leaving the station this morning

A train leaving the station this morning