Key figures from Network Rail and its delivery partner Mace have described the £750M redevelopment of Birmingham New Street, which was opened to the public this weekend.
The original 1960s structure has been unrecognisably transformed with brighter, de-cluttered platforms; improved entrances; a range of new facilities; and an abundance of natural light over the new concourse.
Facts and figures:
- 10,000 workers were employed on the five-year project by 60 contractors
- 42,000 tonnes of concrete removed
- 170,000 passengers a day use Birmingham New Street, nearly triple the 60,000 a day it was designed for when it was last rebuilt in the 1960s. The station can now handle 300,000 passengers a day
- Birmingham New Street is the busiest station outside London, and the busiest interchange station in the UK, with a train leaving the station every 37 seconds
- A football pitch sized atrium now floods the station concourse with natural light
- There are 36 new escalators making it a lot easier to travel between the concourse and the platforms below. The 1960s station only had five
- 15 new public lifts will make the station fully accessible for the first time. There were originally only two lifts which linked the concourse and platforms directly