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New designs for the ‘£286 million revamp’ of Birmingham International railway station have been revealed as Solihull council’s Urban Growth Company secured £9.27 million from the West Midlands Combined Authority to develop the project, the Birmingham Post reported. As its name suggests, the Urban Growth Company is tasked with urbanising the rural space separating Coventry from the Birmingham conurbation.

'How [revamped] Birmingham International station could look'

[New designs revealed for £286m revamp of Birmingham station, Tamlyn Jones, Birmingham Post 3 May 2018]

The images show how the station could look as transport chiefs bid to tap into the potential economic benefits of the new HS2 station due to be built in Solihull by 2026.
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The vision for the Solihull station is to transform it into a transport exchange, bringing together existing rail, future high speed rail, air, trams, buses, rapid transit, private vehicles, taxis, bicycles and an automated people mover to create seamless connections with Birmingham Airport and the HS2 Interchange station.

Actually, the existing Birmingham International station has been a ‘transport exchange’ since it opened in 1976, and it appears to be in fair condition. The case for spending tens or hundreds of millions of pounds of public money on a vanity rebuild, has never been explained.

Perhaps some of the £286 million might be for fitting batteries to trains running through the station, as the official visualisation shows all overhead wires as having been removed.

Midland Metro Alliance, 'East Birmingham Solihull [tram] map'

The costs of rebuilding Birmingham International station, and a 2 km people-mover to Middle Bickenhill HS2 station, and a £500+ million Midland Metro tram link to Birmingham city centre, are not included in the HS2 budget. The full costs of HS2 are likely to be far higher than £55.7 billion, when projects like these, outside of the ‘core programme’, are taken into account.

GBSLEP, 'HS2 growth strategy investment programme

Written by beleben

May 4, 2018 at 9:24 am

Posted in Birmingham, Politics

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