A fire at Nottingham train station has caused huge travel problems for thousands of commuters.
The fire at the recently renovated station broke out at around 6:30am with the concourse and platforms evacuated as it quickly spread.
Ten fire crews were at the scene tackling the blaze at its highest point with all train services cancelled and surrounding roads closed.
There was a severe knock-on effect for Friday morning (January, 12) commuters with bus services delayed and trams unable to pass through due to an unrelated police incident higher up the tram line on Waverley St.
East Midlands Trains has said in a statement to not travel unless absolutely necessary and that tickets for travel are valid for use on other train operators.
Uber’s prices surged during the fire whilst coach firm Sn-ap offered free coaches from Nottingham to London to help ease some of the travel pain for commuters.
Which Services are affected?
- London St Pancras – Nottingham | trains running to/from East Midlands Parkway with limited buses to Nottingham.
- Leicester – Nottingham – Lincoln | All services cancelled.
- Nottingham – Grantham – Skegness | All services cancelled.
- Nottingham – Mansfield – Worksop | All services cancelled.
- Liverpool – Nottingham – Norwich | All services cancelled.
Nottingham City Transport buses and Trent Barton buses were severely delayed with diversions in place.
NCT tweeted early this afternoon (Friday 12, January) that its services were starting to return to normal with minimum disruption on Green and Navy lines.
NET Trams also confirmed that services were resuming to normal but will not be stopping at the railway station.
We are running through to all destinations however we unable
to stop at Nottingham Station. Services towards Clifton South and Toton Lane
are departing our depot now. If you are traveling from Clifton and Toton allow
20-30 minutes for the 1st tram to arrive at the terminus
— NET Nottingham Tram (@NETTram) January 12, 2018
The disruption is expected to continue into the weekend with British Transport Police advising football fans not to attempt to use trains to travel with the station not expected to open Saturday, January 13.
Nottingham Forest will take on Aston Villa at the City Ground whilst Notts County take on local rivals Lincoln City away. Mansfield Town fans could face disruption with their game away at Cambridge.
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and the British Transport Police have launched a joint investigation into the fire.