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Video | Rebuilding Birmingham New Street - the engineering highs

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

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