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30.05.12

New Street entrance takes shape

Work is progressing fast on the redevelopment of Birmingham New Street station, as construction of the new entrance gets underway.

Situated on the corner of Stephenson Street and Navigation Street, this will improve links between the city’s business district and the station.

The new entrance is expected to open in April 2013, alongside the first half of the new station concourse. Other works currently ongoing include the construction of Moor St link pedestrian walkway and work to complete the new train crew accommodation.

Chris Montgomery, project director for Network Rail said: “The area on thenorth westside of the station will be the first area to see dramatic changes as part of our plans to transformNew Streetand the Pallasades. Work is underway to install the first sections of the stainless steel façade aboveStephenson Streetand over the coming months passengers will be able to see one of the most important entrances into the new station start to take shape.

“Despite the large amount of work now taking place on site, passengers can be assured that the station will remain open throughout construction so they can continue to catch their train as normal. Passengers will notice the first major changes when we effectively switch the station over and open the first half of the new concourse in April next year.”

Geoff Inskip, chief executive of Centro, the region’s transport authority, said: “Work to transform New Street Station into a stunning 21st century gateway is really gathering pace now.

“I believe this first glimpse of the new exterior will fire the public’s imagination and build further excitement over the prospect of finally having a station thatBirminghamand theWest Midlandsas a whole can be proud of.”

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