The dramatic redeveloped Birmingham New Street station opened its doors to passengers over the weekend after a five-year, £750M transformation.
In stark contrast to the original station, New Street now boasts an iconic atrium over a huge passenger concourse that is five times the size of London’s Euston station and has been rebuilt while keeping the station open to its 170,000 passengers a day.
Network Rail said the station, which is one of Britain’s busiest interchanges, was now brighter, with de-cluttered platforms, improved entrances, a range of new facilities and an abundance of natural light.
Chancellor George Osborne said: “This £750M investment to modernise Birmingham New Street station is at the heart of our plans to use the power of infrastructure to build a more healthy, balanced and productive economy right across the Midlands.
“We are committed to building the Midlands engine, set to boost growth by attracting local jobs and investment, and the new station shows we are delivering on our long-term economic plan for the region.”
Mace acted as delivery partner and principal contractor for the project.
The new station will feature 43 shops at concourse level, above which sits the new Grand Central shopping complex, including one of the UK’s largest John Lewis department stores.
Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne said: “Birmingham New Street sits right at the heart of our rail network and the transformation which has taken place here is nothing short of stunning. The station is now bigger, brighter and better able to meet the needs of the growing number of people who use it each day.
“Rebuilding one of the busiest stations in the country without impacting on passengers’ journeys has been a major challenge, but I’m extremely proud to say that Network Rail and our partners on this project have done just that. That’s a significant achievement for everyone who has helped build this fantastic new station of which they, and all of Birmingham, can be very proud indeed.”
Watch the five-year construction of the new-look New Street station in just five minutes, here.