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HS2 Birmingham stations ‘to open in 2026’

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The latest official visualisations for the proposed HS2 stations in Birmingham and Middle Bickenhill were launched at the Library of Birmingham on 9 October. According to HS2 Ltd, the two stations will open in 2026, ‘along with the rest of Phase One’.

The company says it is ‘seeking feedback’ from the public about the designs, but has public opinion ever played much of a role in the development of megaprojects in Britain?


A few years ago, when Network Rail ‘consulted’ before the £600 million revamp of New Street station, the faults in their design were pointed out to them. Of course, Network Rail took not a blind bit of notice, and lo and behold, the redeveloped station is a complete mess. It’s so bad, that Cross Country Trains advise people to avoid changing trains there, if they can.

XC Trains, avoid changing at Birmingham New Street

Anyway, the HS2 Curzon terminus, designed by WSP and Grimshaw Architects, would be ‘Britain’s first new intercity station since the nineteenth century’.

Apart from, Bristol Parkway, Birmingham International, East Midlands Parkway, and Ebbsfleet (?).

The old Curzon Street station closed in 1966 (HS2 Ltd tweeted on 17 September).

twitter, @HS2ltd, Curzon Street station closed in 1966

Actually, Curzon Street was retained by British Rail into the 1970s. At the time of writing, the Getty Images site has a picture of the interior, ‘dated’ 21 October 1967, a year after it “closed”.

Arup-designed Bickenhill HS2 station, visualisation of exterior, 9 Oct 2018

In its well-balanced report on the new stations, ITV Central News asked Mike Lyons of HS2 Ltd about the cost of Curzon Street. He declined to give any figure.

And Liam Byrne MP tweeted he would be ‘campaigning for the station to include the greatest science museum in Britain’ (?).

twitter, @LiamByrneMP, HS2 station designs look like a traditional railway shed

It’s important to remember that HS2 is a hugely expensive, environmentally damaging, and entirely unnecessary project. The existing West Coast and Chiltern railways can meet all foreseeable capacity requirements, including the Department for Transport’s “Higher Growth” scenario.

Written by beleben

October 10, 2018 at 9:30 am

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  1. Yep Curzon Street was pretty much in use well into the 1970’s & beyond when I was travelling through New Street working with British Rail (1976-83)


    October 10, 2018 at 11:40 am

  2. “Apart from, Bristol Parkway, Birmingham International, East Midlands Parkway, and Ebbsfleet (?)”

    As I used to go through it every day, Milton Keynes Central was the one that sprung to mind I for me, but how I could I have forgotten Birmingham International? More importantly, how could they have forgotten Birmingham International!!??

    Joe Rukin (@joerukin)

    October 10, 2018 at 12:08 pm

  3. Just when are MPs going to ask questions on fraud cases revealed by foi?


    October 15, 2018 at 10:27 am

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