A £60M redevelopment of Nottingham railway station has been given the green light by transport chiefs.
The project is set to be completed by 2014 and is expected to have a dynamic effect on a number of other developments in the area.
The new-look site will include a new concourse and improved facilities including a 950-space car park.
Transport minister Norman Baker, said: “For many visitors and travellers, stations are the first experience they have of a place. A modern railway station with excellent customer facilities can speak volumes about a town or city. The plans for Nottingham’s station are very exciting.
“Not only will passengers find the station more pleasant to use, the redevelopment will enhance accessibility and help kick start regeneration in the area, bringing a welcome boost to the local economy.”
The full resignalling in the Nottingham station area will be completed by Network Rail. It is expected that around 23,000 sq.m of office development and 1,400 sq.m of retail space will be realised by 2020.
More than seven million passengers a years travel through the station.