Birmingham City Council has given the thumbs-up to the £600M redevelopment of the city’s main railway station.
The Gateway scheme will bring New Street Station into the 21st century while providing improved railway links in and out of England’s second city as part of a £2.3bn stimulus package for the local economy.
The new development will allow the number of passegers using the station to double thanks to a new concourse which will be three-and-a-half times larger than the existing one and will be enclosed beneath a light filled atrium.
“New Street station will be transformed into a 21st century transport hub. With the backing of the planning authority we are one step closer to realising this vision. We will continue to refine our plans so that we give New Street the new start it deserves and keep the impact on people’s journeys to a minimum,” said Network Rai route director Jo Kaye.
Preparatory work for the new concourse has been taking place since last September and has been earmarked for completion in 2012.The second phase will complete the redevelopment programme by 2015.
The Gateway project is backed by Network Rail, Birmingham City Council, Advantage West Midlands, passenger transit executive Centro and the Department for Transport and will be delivered by Network Rail.
Councillor Mike Whitby, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “The redeveloped New Street Gateway will provide a focal point for far wider regeneration of the entire city over the next 10-15 years, and is one of the main components of the city’s £6bn worth of publicly funded regeneration projects currently on our books.”
New Street Station
- The concourse will be three-and-a-half times bigger than at present, enclosed by a giant, light-filled atrium
- More accessible, brighter and clearer platforms, reached by new escalators and new lifts
- New station façade, adding to Birmingham’s growing reputation for good design
- Better links to and through the station for pedestrians, with eight entrances
- Major stimulus for the physical regeneration of the areas surrounding the station
- 40M people use New Street every year
- 140,000 passengers every day
- Built to cater for just 60,000 passengers when rebuilt in 1967
- £2.3bn economic benefits
- £350M – Network Rail’s investment