Nottingham station fire and rail strikes disrupt one million passengers' train journeys
A major fire at Nottingham train station that caused rail chaos is being treated as arson, police said.
Sixty firefighters tackled the blaze, which started in a block of toilets at the station at around 6.30am.
British Transport Police, which is conducting a joint investigation with Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue, said they believed the fire had been started deliberately.
Rail passengers across Britain faced a day of chaos on Friday with the Nottingham fire adding to disruption from industrial action. The Independent estimates one million journeys could be affected.
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Firefighters tackling huge blaze at Nottingham station
Travellers on trains timetabled to run to, from or through Nottingham were warned the station was unlikely to reopen.
Hundreds of people were evacuated from the station during the morning rush hour in what the new transport minister, Jo Johnson, said was "a devastating incident that has done substantial damage".
East Midlands Trains to and from London St Pancras are terminating at East Midlands Parkway. Cross Country Trains from Cardiff and Birmingham are starting and ending at Derby. Passengers have been told: âIf you have a ticket dated for travel today and decide not to travel you may use your ticket to travel tomorrow.â
Passengers who must travel today are able to use services of other operators by any reasonable route. The line via Derby to Sheffield is unaffected by the fire. A coach operator, Sn-Ap, is offering free travel between Nottingham and London for rail passengers who book online and enter ârailfireâ as the coupon code.
A transport consultant, Mike Woo ldridge, tweeted: âSad to read about the Nottingham station fire â" the restoration of the original frontage was really well done and only completed relatively recently.â
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1/45 12 January 2018
Workers look at the Madame Tussauds wax figure of US President Donald Trump outside the new US Embassy in Nine Elms, London, after Mr Trump confirmed he will not travel to the UK to open the new building - and hit out at the location of the 1.2 billion dollar (Â£886 million) project. Writing on Twitter, Trump said he thought the embassy's move from Grosvenor Square in the prestigious M ayfair district of central London to Nine Elms, south of the Thames, was a "bad deal".
2/45 11 January 2018
British Prime Minister Theresa May watches birds from inside a bird hide with school children at the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust's (WWT) ahead of a speech to launch the government's environment plan in London. Campaigners on January 11 criticised Theresa May's plan to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste within 25 years, calling it a "missed opportunity" that lacked the necessary urgency. The government will extend a charge on plastic bags to all businesses and encourage supermarkets to introduce plastic-free aisles, May said in speech.
3/45 10 January 2018
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4/45 9 January 2018
Prime Minister Theresa May leads her first cabinet meeting of the new year at 10 Downing street
5/45 8 January 2018
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6/45 7 January 2018
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7/45 6 J anuary 2018
League Two side Coventry City celebrate victory over Premier League side Stoke in the FA Cup third round
8/45 5 January 2018
A commendation ceremony takes place at Manchester Town Hall to recognise the actions of police and rail staff following the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena in May 2017
9/45 4 January 2018
Stuart (no surname given) with his possessions in a bus stop near Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Prime Minister Theresa May has said she disagrees with Tory council leader Simon Dudley, who called on police to clear rough sleepers from Windsor before t he royal wedding
10/45 3 January 2018
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11/45 2 January 2018
Members of National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) hold a demonstration against rail fare increases outside Kings Cross Railway Station, London. Average rail ticket prices across Britain have risen by 3.4 percent, the biggest increase to rail fares for five years
12/45 1 January 2018
A man takes p art in the Mappleton Bridge Jump, an annual unofficial tradition where those willing jump from Okeover bridge on New Years Day into the River Dove
13/45 31 December 2017
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14/45 30 December 2017
One person was taken to hospital after a fire broke out on the ninth floor of a building in Joiner Street in Manchester's Northern Quarter
15/45 29 December 2017
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16/45 28 December 2017
Alastair Cook celebrates after reaching his double-century during the third day of the fourth Ashes cricket test match
17/45 27 December 2017
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18/45 26 December 2017
Harry Kane celebrates after scoring his third goal, Tottenham's fifth, during the Boxing day Premier League match against Southampton at Wembley. He broke Alan Shearerâs record of 36 Premier League goals in a calendar year, scoring 39 from 36 matches. Kane also finished 2017 as Europeâs leading scorer ahead of Barcelonaâs Lionel Messi, who has 54 goals from 63 appearances in all competitions. Harry Kane has 56 from 52.
19/45 25 December 2017
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20/45 24 December 2017
Stuart Broad of England bowls during a nets session at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia. The fourth Ashes test starts on Boxing Day
21/45 23 December 2017
Staff members console each other as they survey the damage after a fire destroyed a number of buildings at London Zoo. An aardvark has died and four meerkats are missing. Eight zoo workers have been treated by paramedics after a desperate attempt to save the animals from the blaze, which broke out in a petting area.
22/45 22 December 2017
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23/45 21 December 2017
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24/45 20 December 2017
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25/45 19 December 2017
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26/45 18 December 2017
Joe Root, the England captain is interviewed after Australia regained the Ashes. England lost by an innings and 41 run runs in the third test at the WACA in Perth
27/45 17 December 2017
Photos of Richard Ratcliffe and his wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been jailed in Iran, on display at their home in north London. Mr Ratcliffe says he believes there is "still a chance" she may be released from an Iranian prison in time for a dream Christmas together.
28/45 16 December 2017
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29/45 15 December 2017
Jonny Bairstow of England headbutts his helmet to celebrate his century during day two of the Third Test match in the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at the WACA in Perth, Australia. Bairstow was embroiled in controversy at the beginning of the tour after lightly headbutting Australian opening batsman Cameron Bancroft in an exchange in a bar
30/45 14 December 2017
People at the Grenfell Tower National Memorial Service
31/45 13 December 2017
Wax figures of Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson wearing a Christmas Jumper at Madame Tussauds
32/45 12 December 2017
Victims and family of victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, Nicholas Burton (left), Sandra Ruiz (second right), Karim Mussilhy (right) and a girl who asked not be named (second left), hand in a petition to Downing Street, asking for an overhaul of the public inquiry.
33/45 11 December 2017
A homeless man on the streets of Manchester. Many people are spending the night on the streets in freezing tempe ratures as the Met Office continues to issue weather warnings across the country. The Shelter charity has said that more than 300,000 are now homeless across Britain, equating to the population of a city the size of Newcastle
34/45 10 December 2017
Pedestrians walk over the Millennium Bridge with St Paul's Cathedral pictured in the background as snow falls
35/45 9 December 2017
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, left, and Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani, right, with interpreter at centre, during their meeting in Tehran, Iran. Johnson is expected to discuss the fate of de tained British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who is serving a five-year prison sentence for allegedly plotting to overthrow Iran's government.
36/45 8 December 2017
British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker address a press conference at the European Commission in Brussels
37/45 7 December 2017
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38/45 6 December 2017
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) greets Nigeria's ambassador to the United Kingdom, George Adesola Oguntade (C), and his wife, Modupe Oguntade, during a private audience at Buckingham Palace in central London
39/45 5 December 2017
800 abandoned buckets appear at Potters Field Park, London, in a moving tribute to the 800 children who die every day, on average, due to a lack of clean water and sanitation. Just one bucket in the installation, part of WaterAidâs #Untapped appeal, could hold almost enough safe drinking water for one child for a week. Every Â£1 donated to the #Untapped appeal until 31st January 2018 will be matched by the UK Government.
40/45 4 December 2017
British Prime Minister Theresa May smiles to European Union President Donald Tusk as she attends Brexit negotiations' meetings
41/45 3 December 2017
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43/45 1 December 2017
England manager, Gareth Southgate, jokes with Belgium manager, Roberto Martinez, after their sides were drawn in the same group during the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia
44/45 30 November 2017
A supporter of Lauri Love, who is accused of hacking into U.S. government computers, wears a Donald Trump mask as he protests in front of the Royal Courts of Justice in London
45/45 29 November 2017
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In the West Midlands, dozens of trains on the main line between London Euston and BIrmingham were cancelled after an incident west of Coventry.
Passengers on Northern, Merseyrail and South Western Railway are being affected by industrial action by members of the RMT union. It is the third strike this week about the principle of driver-only operation and the future role of guards.
Northern said it aimed to run three out of five services between 7am and 7pm. Merseyrail has similar plans, though several lines are closed completely.
On Southwestern Railway, no trains are running west of Poole in Dorset on the Weymouth line. The operator planned to run about 70 per cent of the normal service.
RMT members on Greater Anglia are also striking, but the train operator says it plans âa full, normal serviceâ.
The RMTâ s general secretary, Mick Cash, said: âRMT members remain rock solid in each of the separate disputes across the country over rail safety this morning, on the final day of this phase of action, as we continue to fight to put public safety, security and access before the profits of the train operating companies.â
The Office of Rail and Road says driver-only operation is safe so long as the correct procedures and staff are in place. The Government insists that guards will be freed up to have an expanded role in customer care.
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