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Birmingham Airport announces £500M expansion plan

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Birmingham Airport has announced a £500M expansion plan.

The airport is looking to increase passenger numbers by 40% over the next 15 years, predicting an increase in demand from High Speed 2 (HS2).

The plans include connecting to the planned HS2 Interchange station. As revealed by New Civil Engineer this week plans for the Interchange station have been altered to move the station building from above the rails to one side.

HS2 bosses claim this will save a year in construction time.

The airport expansion also includes plans for a larger departures lounge with more seating, shops and restaurants and a glass mezzanine. A new baggage sorting area, larger security area, improved arrivals area and additional aircraft stands.

Birmingham Airport managing director Simon Richards said: “Over the next 15 years, we will expand and significantly improve the airport to maximise our potential as a single runway airport by investing £500M.

“Our plans take account of our forecast growth and will increase operational efficiency for our airlines and partners and improve the experience for our passengers.”

In September, WSP secured a five year contract with Birmingham Airport, as part of its 10 year development plan.

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