New Street station: Day 1 of ┬ú600m development starts today
The long-anticipated transformation of New Street station in central Birmingham starts today.
The development, which is expected to come in at around ┬ú600m, will begin with Network Rail’s upgrades to platform one and will then see the construction of a new station concourse.
The project will enable passenger capacity to be doubled, and will become much more accessible with the introduction of better links through the station, new entrances, 30 new escalators, and over 15 new public lifts. The new concourse will be several times larger than the existing one and will be enclosed by an enormous light-filled atrium.
Jo Kaye, Network Rail route director, commented in a press release:
“This is a very important moment in the project and means we are on course to give New Street’s passengers the station they deserve. Network Rail has planned work to have minimal impact on passengers and train services will run as normal.”
She added: “We are also reducing the impact on the local community by transporting construction material in and out of the station by train, keeping lorries off the road.”
The new station is expected to play its part towards the regeneration of the areas around New Street. The first phase is expected to be complete and in use by 2012, and the whole project is due to be fully completed by 2015.
Although platforms will be taken out of use one-by-one, trains will continue to run as normal.