Preparatory work gets underway this month on Birmingham’s new station which will deliver a bigger, better and brighter New Street for the 40 million passengers that use it every year.
The first phase of the £600 million Gateway project will see Network Rail build a brand new concourse next to the station in what is currently the NCP Pallasades lower-level car park. This car park closed on 1st September to enable works to start in a few weeks.
The New Street Gateway project, funded by Network Rail, Birmingham City Council, Advantage West Midlands and Centro, will see the 1960s-built station transformed into a 21st Century focal point. The new concourse is expected to open to the public in 2012. Then, in the project’s second phase, the old concourse will be redeveloped to deliver a world-class station, doubling the current passenger capacity. Completion is scheduled for 2015.
Geoff Inskip, chief executive of Centro, the region’s transport authority, concluded: “It’s fantastic to see work get underway on what will become another iconic landmark for the city. This new station, with a Midland Metro tram link stopping right outside, will give passengers the world class public transport system that the West Midlands needs and deserves.”