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Birmingham New Street station opened for feedback

Network Rail has brought members of the public into the new concourse at Birmingham New Street station to get feedback ahead of its partial opening on 28 April.

The new station, which is being delivered alongside consultant Mace, will include a concourse that will be one-and-a-half times bigger than the previous one, as well as a larger ticket office and new lifts and escalators.

“The trial has been an incredibly worthwhile exercise and a fantastic opportunity for all involved,” said Network Rail project manager Mark Bennett. “We’ve been committed to keeping New Street station open to passengers throughout the redevelopment and to date we’ve been doing most of our work behind the scenes, so it’s great to invite people to show what we’ve been working on since 2010.”

When the project is completed in 2015 the concourse will be three-and-a-half times bigger than the previous one. The station will also feature 30 new escalators, 15 public lifts and a new station façade.

Network Rail is holding public exhibitions about the scheme until Saturday 14 April.

Work begins on Manchester Victoria improvements

Network rail has this week begun work on Manchester Victoria’s £44M roof.

The roof is part of range of improvement works including footbridge improvements, refurbishment of listed parts of the station, improvements to the ticket hall and upgraded Metrolink facilities. The improvements are being funded by Network rail, Manchester City Council and Transport for Greater Manchester.

“While it is a very popular station, Manchester Victoria is still punching below its weight,” said Transport for Greater Manchester’s councillor Andrew Fender. “It’s been prevented from achieving its full potential - particularly in architectural terms – because of a lack of investment in recent years.”

Work is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

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