Manchester Victoria railway station has reopened to services more than a week after a suicide attack at the Manchester Arena.
The station, which is attached to the Manchester Arena where Salman Abedi wrought death and destruction on the city, was shut to allow a forensic search of the area to take place.
Twenty-two people were killed and dozens injured after the bomber struck following a concert by American singer Ariana Grande.
Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham and Transport Secretary Chris Grayling were among those to lay wreaths at the station on Tuesday morning.
Mr Burnham said: “The response has been truly phenomenal from everybody.
“We’ve seen the best of our people, the best of our public services, the whole place has pulled together and helped everybody through what has been our darkest week.
“You do see the best of people at moments like this and I think that gives us all something to cling on to in what is a very difficult time and remains so.
He added: “What’s been extraordinary for me is to see the true character of the place and the people at its most intense way and it’s made me so proud actually.
“I want to capture this spirit we have had in the city, this togetherness, and use that to pull communities together to then do a better job of tackling extremism.”
Meanwhile, hundreds of mourners paid an emotional tribute to the victims of the Manchester terror attack on Monday night, exactly a week after the attack.
People of all ages stood alongside each other in quiet contemplation shortly after 10.30pm at St Ann’s Square, the site that has become the unofficial memorial site for those killed and injured in the blast.
The vigil, illuminated by the gentle light from hundreds of tea candles, was a moment of quiet reflection for a city united in grief.
British Transport Police Chief Constable Paul Crowther said he was “incredibly proud” of the police response at Manchester Victoria station in the immediate aftermath of the blast.
He said: “Like many others, their first instinct was to go into the scene – they did a fantastic job.
“It never ceases to amaze me how police officers and others in public service step forward into danger when others are fleeing.
“I know they did their very best for the people they tended to.”
Liam Sumpter, managing director of Northern Trains which run out at Manchester Victoria, said 15 members of staff were among those first on the scene.
He said: “They provided first aid and comfort to those victims without any thought to their own safety and without any training in that sort of response. They did the whole industry proud and I’ve got no doubt that they made a big difference on the evening.
“When they first got there the scene they described was foggy, but with walking wounded.
“There was some suggestion there might be a secondary device or at least they (police) wanted to make the area safe, so they instructed everybody to leave the area.
“But my team refused to do that. Their dedication and bravery in doing that was solely because they couldn’t leave people who were injured.
“Many of them had been on shift for 10 or 12 hours before that, and they stayed on shift providing support to the many dedicated emergency service personnel who arrived on scene.
“I’m very proud of everyone. It’s just indicative of how everyone responded.”