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Mysteries of the Gateway

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The £600 million ‘Gateway’ refurb of Birmingham’s New Street station included the installation of 36 new escalators and 15 new lifts.

[Network Rail]

The new station is enclosed by a giant glass-roofed atrium, allowing natural light to brighten the entire area including all 12 refurbished platforms.

Apparently, the new escalators  broke down eight hundred times in two years, and the lifts turned out to be undersize for conveying full-size bikes.

Birmingham New Street station, March 2016 (Beleben photo)

Perhaps the panel in the concourse floor (picture above) is part of the arrangements to “flood all 12 refurbished platforms with light”.

Birmingham New Street station, March 2016 (Beleben photo)

Even before the official (re-)opening on 20 September 2015, contractors had had to dig up parts of the newly-laid floors, for unknown reasons. (At the time of writing, several sections of the outside pavements were cordoned off.)

Birmingham New Street station, March 2016 (Beleben photo)

The quality of workmanship and building materials of the New Street Gateway may turn out to be as suspect as the air quality and the wayfinding.

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Written by beleben

March 16, 2016 at 3:18 pm

Posted in Birmingham

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