Site workers have carried out major works for the redevelopment of Birmingham New Street station over the Christmas period, marking a year to go before the first phase completes and a new concourse opens.
One of the most challenging pieces of work was the installation of new sections to extend the Navigation Street footbridge at the west end of the station, Network Rail said. Working from Christmas Day through to 27 December, workers used a 700t crane to lift out an old section of the bridge and install the new sections while the station was closed to passengers. When the extended bridge opens at the end of 2012, it will provide access to platform 12 for the first time and create a new station entrance on Hill Street.
In addition to the bridge extension, other major work taking place at New Street over the Christmas break included: Construction of a tower crane outside the front of the station to enable construction of a new public square opposite the Bullring; Removal of the old Pallasades link bridge and escalator above Station Street; Preparatory work on platforms 1 to 7 to construct the foundations for new public space at the front of the station; And construction of new train crew accommodation above platform 1.
Following completion of phase one, work will then begin to redevelop the existing station area used by passengers today. The project is set to complete in 2015.
Key facts about the work
- Network Rail/Mace employees and contractors were on site throughout the Christmas break working 24 hours a day between Christmas Eve and 29 December
- The bridge was bought into New Street in three pieces and was constructed on site to make one large 30m span weighting 63t. A 700t crane mobile crane was used to lift the bridge into place
- The bridge was constructed by Allerton Steel of Northallerton, North Yorkshire and was painted by Merseyside Coatings of Widnes, Cheshire
- The contractor responsible for the installation was VolkerFitzpatrick, this job is one of more than 60 packages of work on the New Street project.
- The Gateway project is backed by Network Rail, Birmingham City Council, Department for Transport, Advantage West Midlands and Centro
- The project is being delivered by Network Rail alongside its delivery partner Mace
- Birmingham New Street is the busiest train station outside London with over 1,000 train services a day and 140,000 passengers, more than double the amount the existing station was designed to handle