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24.05.17

Plans to connect HS2 Interchange to Birmingham Airport being explored

Transport bosses in the Midlands are considering proposals to build a terminal building linking the HS2 station to Birmingham Airport.

The HS2 Interchange station will be located approximately 1.2 miles away from the airport and, if plans go through, could include a mover system to transport passengers to get their flight.

This could open up the doors of international travel for HS2 customers, as passengers in London may be tempted to go to Birmingham to catch their flight, as it will only take around 38 minutes to get to the Midlands on the high-speed service when it is planned to open in 2026.

“HS2 will give our region an enormous opportunity to develop a truly integrated transport network that supports the continued growth of our regions connectivity and aids travellers,” a statement from the airport read.

“It is therefore vital we maximise the benefits of its arrival in 2026, at which time Birmingham Airport will become the UK's first high-speed connected airport and its catchment area will be dramatically enlarged into central London, giving it an increasingly national role.”

The spokesperson added that the airport was currently undergoing a master planning process to explore and preserve options for the long-term future of Midlands air travel.

“This exercise is not only exploring options to maximise the existing site but also future expansion opportunities and how it makes the most of this unique position with HS2 to ensure that all growth and infrastructure considerations are aligned to ultimately benefit the region’s businesses, workers and residents,” the statement concluded.

Today’s news also follows a consultation opening in Camden to garner the views of residents on how to transform London Euston when HS2 comes through the station.

And earlier in the month, RTM revealed that HS2 had submitted plans to make use of the disused Curzon Street station entrance, which is one of the oldest train stations in the world, by turning it into a visitor centre.

At Railtex 2017, an HS2 boss also told the audience that the £55bn project was not going over budget and would be completed on time – contradicting previous reports in the media.

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Comments

Andrew Gwilt   24/05/2017 at 16:59

HS2 will also connect with London Heathrow Airport and Manchester Airport and with a new hub station in East Midlands that will be near to East Midlands Airport (aswell Nottingham & Derby included).

John   24/05/2017 at 20:05

Seems to be costing vast sums of money to make hs2 connect with existing infrastructure Why doesn't it connect in the first place?

Northernpete   25/05/2017 at 10:40

Aren’t most, if not all, people in London less than 38 minutes’ travel time from a major London airport? It’s grasping at straws to say that Londoners will be attracted by the prospect of taking an international flight via Birmingham, when it’s further away, more expensive to get to and offers less choice.

Dave   25/05/2017 at 23:05

No it doesn't connect with Heathrow. The link was dropped due to cost

Jimbo   28/05/2017 at 19:55

@Andrew Gwilt - HS2 doesn't connect to Heathrow, and the East Midlands hub station is about 10 miles from the airport, so maybe someone will put a bus service on. HS2 does serve Manchester airport, so 1 out of 3 of your statements is correct.

Andrew Gwilt   29/05/2017 at 20:20

Knew I was wrong. Maybe Elizabeth Line trains will serve Heathrow Airport as a brand new station called Old Oak Common in West London is to be built and will be a interchange with HS2, Elizabeth Line, London Overground, National Rail and possibly Central Line.

Michael King   08/06/2017 at 11:50

Further doesn't matter at 200plus mph. London North-West International Airport. London's third and - were Bitminghsm to think ahead- fourth runway.

Michael King   08/06/2017 at 12:01

Andrew. Possiblly Central Line! That's a big ask. Bakerloo line goes through Willesden Junction. But, yes, Old Oak , is going to be a great addition to the "system". In fact I had thought it could preclude the extension to Euston. After all St Martin's was in the fields once. Boris Johnson the contra-indicator supported the idea by calling it the Ryan air alternative. Witty but wrong.

John   31/07/2017 at 23:24

Manchester and Birmingham airports have HS2 stations that need a bus to get to the terminals. Manchester airport is only accessed from London & Birmingham. Birmingham only accessed from London. Who thinks of this madness?

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