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Station car park plan moves ahead

Artists drawing of the car park
Planners will work with developers on details of the design

A new 950-space multi-storey car park for Nottingham railway station has moved a major step closer.

An earlier proposal had been labelled a "chicken coop" but a new design, with hundreds of copper panels, has been approved by the city council.

Officials said further details, such as whether to include a "Welcome to Nottingham" sign, would be worked out by planners and Network Rail.

The car park is part of a wider scheme to renovate the entire station area.

The council agreed more work was needed on building's energy use, its central stairwell and the entrances.

'Dynamic' city

The wider station project will also see the restoration of the Edwardian frontage which will turn the current taxi rank into an area for shops and cafes.

Also approved was work to connect the second phase of the tram line.

John Watson, who is co-ordinating the project, said: "This is wonderful news. Having a modern train station is important for the city.

"For many visitors it's their first experience of Nottingham and so it needs to reflect the city's dynamism and vibrancy."

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