Network Rail has started work to construct a new entrance to Birmingham New Street station, which will provide better links between the city’s business district and the redeveloped station.
The new north-west corner entrance will allow people walking from Victoria Square, New Street and Colmore Row to access the redeveloped station directly from Stephenson Street. Network Rail project director Chris Montgomery said the north west side of New Street station will change “beyond recognition” over the next 18 months.
Large parts of the old concrete clad station building will be demolished to allow construction of the steelwork frame which will form the new station entrance. Preparatory work is already underway to install the first section of stainless steel façade around the station building.
The new entrance will open at the end of December 2012 as part of the completion of Phase 1 of the station redevelopment. Once the new entrance and concourse is open, work will switch to redeveloping the existing station with the project set to complete in 2015.
- April 2010: work to rebuild the station commences
- Christmas 2012: Phase 1 complete, first half of the new station to passengers while the existing station closed for redevelopment
- 2015: project complete