New images show planned transformation of Birmingham station
Striking new images of plans to transform Birmingham Moor Street station have been revealed by the West Midlands Rail Executive.
New platforms to cope with an expected rise in passenger numbers feature in the concepts for the redevelopment, alongside links to New Street station and HS2 services at the proposed Curzon Street terminus.
Other network infrastructure improvements will allow extra services to stop at Moor Street, increasing capacity to and from the East Midlands, Hereford, Worcester and the South West.
Annual passenger figures at Moor Street are expected to grow from seven million to 12 million by 2043, with further increases expected following the arrival of HS2 in 2026.
The plans include a “transfer deck” with access to every platform, linked to a footbridge taking passengers directly to HS2 services at Curzon Street, via a new public square.
Incorporating the existing Grade II-listed entrance and concourse of the station, dating back to 1914, the initial concepts were developed in collaboration with transport bodies and operators including Network Rail, HS2 Ltd, Chiltern Railways and West Midlands Railway.
Designed by architecture firms Grimshaw and Glenn Howells Architects, the designs also feature a second entrance serving the Digbeth area.
Andy Street, mayor of the West Midlands, said: “We have big plans for transport in the West Midlands and the expansion of Moor Street is a crucial part of that.
“Our game-changing plans for HS2 and new metro and rail lines are already driving investment, new jobs and apprenticeships as well as bringing communities closer to those work, training and education opportunities.
“This whole area of Birmingham will be revitalised over the next few years as the world’s largest Primark opens, Curzon Street HS2 station is built, and Moor Street is transformed.
“This vision for Moor Street will not only provide a better experience for commuters but with two extra platforms, it will set the foundation for the future expansion of rail services.”
Roger Lawrence, chairman of West Midlands Rail Executive, said: “This vision will offer passengers a much more enjoyable and pleasant experience when visiting Moor Street.”
Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “These exciting plans combine Moor Street station’s proud heritage and history with the major work that is currently transforming our city.
“The new-look station will be at the very heart of Birmingham’s future transport network, supporting regeneration that will provide homes, jobs and opportunities for our young and growing population.”