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In June 2014 the Birmingham Post reported that the dingy St Martin’s Queensway tunnel, which runs under the Bullring shopping mall, was “set to get a £5.5 million facelift to improve the route between two of Birmingham’s busiest railway stations”.

Birmingham Post story from June 2014 on plans for a St Martins tunnel facelift

The tunnel was created as part of the botched redevelopment of the Bull Ring between 2000 and 2003.

St Martin’s Queensway tunnel, pedestrian footway, looking towards Moor Street

[Tunnel link between New Street and Moor Street stations set for facelift, Neil Elkes, Birmingham Post, 27 Jun 2014]

Council development director Waheed Nazir, in a report to councillors, said: “This [facelift] will deliver a world class public realm scheme between New Street and Moor Street stations and the proposed HS2 station via St Martin’s Queensway tunnel.”

St Martin’s Queensway tunnel (pedestrian route on right hand side)

It would be interesting to know where this ‘£5.5 million’, and ‘world class facelift’, have gone, because the experience of walking this tunnel in 2019 is pretty much the same as it ever was.

In a feature for the December 2018 edition of RTM magazine, Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE) said, “I think it would be a failure of the rail industry and local government if the first HS2 trains arrive into a gleaming new Curzon Street station in 2026 and passengers still have to walk under [sic] that tunnel to get a connecting service from New Street. We’re all coming together to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

RTM magazine, James Bovill (of Midlands Connect) interviews Malcolm Holmes and Maria Machancoses (of Midlands Connect), 22 Jan 2019

Written by beleben

March 4, 2019 at 10:17 am

Posted in Birmingham, HS2

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