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19.03.19

Plans revealed for major redevelopment of Birmingham Moor Street station

Birmingham Moor Street station it set to undergo a major transformation to prepare it for HS2 services at Curzon Street and growing passenger demand as new designs are unveiled.

Moor Street could be expanded to double its current size and see another two platforms introduced to meet passenger demand, which is expected to grow from seven million to 12 million a year by 2043.

The proposals suggest that the new platforms, alongside other network infrastructure improvements, will allow extra services to stop at Moor Street under proposals for a Midlands Rail Hub to increases rail capacity to and from the East Midlands, Hereford, Worcester, and the south west.

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West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE) revealed the proposals, and developers are still seeking funding for the project with no competition date set.

The plans include links to a new footbridge taking passengers directly to HS2 services from Curzon Street via a new public square, and a new transfer deck with access to every platform.

A second entrance to the south of the station has been proposed and several options to improve pedestrian access between Moor Street and New Street including new routes, ramps, and steps.

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The initial designs were developed in collaboration with Transport for West Midlands, Midlands Connect, Network Rail, HS2 Ltd, Chiltern Railways, West Midlands Railway, and Birmingham City Council.

WMRE say it is the first stage of a long-term plan to transform Moor Street into a “world-class experience” and put Moor Street at the heart of Birmingham’s ‘One Station’ strategy.

The mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, commented: “We have big plans for transport in the West Midlands and the expansion of Moor Street is a crucial part of that.

“Our game-changing plans for HS2 and new metro and rail lines are already driving investment, new jobs and apprenticeships as well as bringing communities closer to those work, training and education opportunities.

“This vision for Moor Street will not only provide a better experience for commuters but with two extra platforms, it will set the foundation for the future expansion of rail services.”

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Roger Lawrence, chair of the WMRE, said the plans will offer passengers a more enjoyable and pleasant experience at Moor Street; and Birmingham City Council leader Ian Ward stated the exciting plans would combine the station’s proud history with improvements currently transforming the city.

Midlands Connect director Maria Machancoses said: “Through the One Station vision, Moor Street will also be fully integrated with HS2 services, which will depart literally next to Moor Street. This vision can help create a rail network that’s fit for the future.”

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