Nottingham Station partially re-open after fire

Disruption – the blaze has disrupted transport links in the areaMore

Disruption – the blaze has disrupted transport links in the areaMore

Nottingham Train Station has partially re-opened after a suspected arson attack yesterday.

At its peak 10 fire crews were tackling the blaze, which began at about 06:30 GMT on Friday.

Flames were seen erupting from the roof, while thick black smoke billowed into the station foyer and out into the surrounding streets.

A spokesman for East Midlands Trains said: "Structural engineers, Network Rail and the emergency services have carried out their assessments and they have allowed some platforms to be reopened for start of service on Saturday (13)".

The firm said that affected passengers could use services on Virgin Trains (East Coast or West Coast), Transpennine Express, CrossCountry, London Midland and Greater Anglia, using any reasonable route.

"As some platforms will remain closed, we shall run a reduced train service on routes that run to, from and through the station".

The Grade II listed building has been significantly damaged after the fire spread from a toilet block to the main concourse and the roof.

"While we will be able to run many of our normal timetabled services, there will continue to be some disruption in the next few days as a result of the fire", he added.

The British Transport Police and Nottinghamshire fire and rescue service launched a joint investigation on Friday, saying they had "reason to believe the fire may have been started deliberately".

Thousands of football fans are expected to travel to and from the city with Nottingham Forest due to play Aston Villa at home at the City Ground on Saturday evening, while Notts County face Lincoln City away.

The rail operator said it had put alternative travel plans in place for several services, including queuing arrangements at the station for safety.