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This way to HS2

Birmingham: the route from New Street station to the proposed HS2 station site (Curzon Street)

As well as an important destination in its own right, Birmingham is an important transport interchange point, with large numbers of rail passengers changing trains, especially at New Street station. In 2009, work started at New Street on the ‘Birmingham Gateway‘ modernisation scheme, designed

“to handle increasing passenger numbers for 30 to 40 years into the future, with the capacity to accommodate high speed rail facilities if necessary.”

Birmingham Gateway, backed by Birmingham City Council, Network Rail, Centro, and Advantage West Midlands, has received hefty public funding. On the ‘New Street New Start’ (formerly ‘Renewstreet’) website, Network Rail stated that

the station should be able to cope with the increase in passenger numbers for at least the next 40 years.

Birmingham city council’s view was that Gateway could meet capacity requirements for the foreseeable future, and for that reason, opposed construction of a new station at Curzon Street – such as the ‘Grand Central‘ station, proposed by Arup.

When the Labour government U-turned on high speed rail, launching the HS2 project, the (Conservative-Liberal Democrat) city council followed suit. In effect, Curzon Street HS2 is a resurrection of Arup’s Grand Central, but with only high speed services running into it.

Political stampeding around HS2 has trampled all over common sense. And any notion of integrated transport, as can be seen in the interchange ‘provision’ between high speed and regional rail stations (picture above).

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  1. […] would be around 10 minutes by foot from New Street, by the quickest route (using the sinister St Martin’s Queensway […]

  2. […] Curzon Street and New Street are poor. The direct route uses the ex St Martin’s Queensway tunnel under the Bullring shopping centre, which can be intimidating, especially at night. The less […]

  3. […] posts have signalled the disconnectivity and inconvenience built into the Birmingham HS2 terminal […]

  4. […] its hopelessly broken connections in Birmingham, and out-of-town stations planned for the East Midlands and other […]

  5. […] themselves built into the proposition. The first urban silly walk proposed by HS2 planners is in central Birmingham, between the proposed HS2 terminal and New Street […]


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