The Hub, as its name implies, is at the centre of The Big Wheel – our joined-up transport system will literally revolve around it.
Now that the Government has given conditional approval for the next two lines of the Nottingham Express Transit (NET), three tram lines will soon converge here, gliding into their own concourse directly above the train lines.
This gives us the opportunity to construct an interchange where all the types of transport – rail, tram, bus, coach, car, taxi, cycling and walking – directly connect. Such a station would compete with the finest found in Europe, making us the envy of other UK cities.
This is what we should expect of our station – it will provide the gateway to our conurbation from other major European locations – and so should reflect its vitality.
The Hub will be Nottingham’s entrance to Europe. Direct connections to Eurostar services through the futuristic St Pancras International will mean that Nottingham is less than five hours from Paris and Brussels.
The Hub will also benefit from national rail developments. Over the next few years we can expect journeys between Nottingham and London in under 90 minutes and new services including regular direct trains to Leeds.