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Geoff Inskip on BBC tv, 2011

Centro chief executive Geoff Inskip has criticised HS2 Ltd’s plans for the high-speed rail station on the eastern edge of Birmingham city centre, saying the proposed connections with the rest of the city centre are inadequate (wrote Andrew Forster, Transport xtra, 7 Feb 2014).

[‘Birmingham HS2 station plans are inadequate, Centro tells DfT’, Transport xtra]

“There is still no acknowledgement nor measurement in the environmental statement of the interchanging time between Curzon Street and Birmingham New Street particularly for those with mobility difficulties, or heavy luggage, who may be unable to walk the significant distances,” [Mr Inskip] told councillors.

Inskip described the plan to build a pedestrian bridge to connect Curzon Street and Moor Street as “not fit for purpose”.

“A fully integrated station design is required that effectively treats Moor Street station and the HS2 station as a single entity and facilitates seamless transfer between the high-speed and domestic stations.”

Centro wants

  • the government to pay for the Midland Metro tramway to be extended to Curzon Street high-speed station
  • a HS2 bridge at Berkswell to be designed to allow for the four-tracking of the West Coast Main Line between Coventry and Birmingham
  • a track connection between HS2 and the existing railway, between Washwood Heath and Water Orton
  • to be fully assured that the proposed interaction between HS2 Curzon St, Moor St and New St Stations will provide a world class interchange facility, fit for the 21st Century which is iconic and admired across the globe

but apparently, a cable car is no longer on the shopping list.

HS2: Centro-Response-to-Formal-Environmental-Statement-Appendix-01

HS2: Centro-Response-to-Formal-Environmental-Statement-Appendix-02

HS2: Centro-Response-to-Formal-Environmental-Statement-Appendix-03

[‘Birmingham HS2 station plans are inadequate, Centro tells DfT’, Transport xtra]

[A track connection between HS2 and the existing railway] would allow ‘classic compatible’ train services to run on HS2 and into Birmingham New Street station and beyond, opening up the prospect of high-speed services to a wider range of destinations.

In March 2012, Centro announced that it had appointed Glenn Howells Architects (GHA) ‘to develop detailed proposals for a high quality link between Eastside, Moor Street Station, New Street Station and the wider city centre’. Since then, nothing of substance has been heard about Centro’s “One Station” concept, or any proposals from GHA. The Beleben view is that the One Station concept is, for all practical purposes, unworkable.

Vile pedestrian passageway between New Street and Moor Street, Birmingham

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Written by beleben

February 7, 2014 at 7:05 pm

Posted in Birmingham, Centro, HS2

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  1. The lack of any coherence in the delivery of the link route between New Street and Moor Street set off alarm bells about how any other links might be made. Within the NR curtilage of New Street and the wonderful air conditioning system (aka green wall) pumping out oxygen, removing COx, NOx, & particulates and generally providing climatic inertia through the high latent and specific heat of the water being sweated off by the foliage.

    Yet when you get to Worcester Street all the Network Rail effort goes to waste. Not even a set of Elephants Feet or a changed colour for a strip across the carriageway to direct the pedestrian across St Martin’s Queensway, and certainly not a sign in sight (maybe a case for guerilla signing), absolutely nothing to direct you to Moor Street, or from Moor Street to the stark tunnel in the opposite direction.

    To top it off the map posted is inaccurate and could lead to pedestrians attempting to walk in the roadway on St Martins Queensway if taken literally, it also fails to show the alternative way out via Station Street that actually gets you more directly to Digbeth coach station.

    With this random pedestrian traffic crossing St Martins Queensway there should, in the absence of any markings on the road, be warning triangle signs alerting drivers to this fact. Paint on the road and warning triangles require no Traffic Order, but of course the ultimate detail should be a zebra crossing. Oh well perhaps we need to wait until someone gets hit by a bus, and a few pertinent questions get asked should this give rise to an inquest. All it needs is a pot of paint and a couple of warning signs, is that too much to ask?

    Dave H (@BCCletts)

    February 8, 2014 at 6:15 am


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