HRH The Countess of Wessex will officially open the transformed Nottingham station today after a three year programme of investment totalling more than £60 million.

Serving more than seven million passengers per year, the station has been designed to dramatically enhance the passenger experience, improve the city’s connectivity and encourage greater opportunities for regeneration, investment and growth.

The station’s Edwardian Grade II* listed frontage has been transformed to create a modern passenger environment which is sympathetic to the building’s history. Original features have been painstakingly restored, existing facilities have been modernised and a range of new shops and cafes have been provided in the attractive vehicle-free Porte Cochere.

The impressive new glass-fronted Southern Concourse, which has full lift and escalator access, marks a bold and modern addition to the station. It has been carefully designed to enhance the passenger experience and interchange with different forms of transport, connecting trains, the 950-space multi-storey car park and Nottingham’s tram network, when construction of two new tram lines to Chilwell and Clifton is completed and the expanded system opens to the public next year.

The completion of this scheme, which marks the first major investment in Nottingham’s station in many decades, has been successfully delivered by East Midlands Trains and Network Rail working in partnership with Nottingham City Council, Taylor Woodrow and the Railway Heritage Trust, with £12 million additional funding from the country’s first Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) scheme. Combined with the city’s multi-million pound investment in the tram network, this has now created an iconic transport hub.

Both the redevelopment of the station and the expansion of Nottingham’s tram network, which is also benefiting from funding generated by the WPL, topped businesses wish lists of transport infrastructure improvements that they see as being key to Nottingham’s future economic success.