New images of a radical transformation of Birmingham Moor Street station have been revealed by West Midlands Rail Executive.
The redevelopment will create a station fit for the future whilst keeping the historic, Grade II listed entrance and concourse of the station. The development will also mean improved pedestrian access to New Street Station.
The station will get two new platforms including a new transfer deck with access to every platform and links to a new footbridge taking passengers directly to HS2 services on Curzon Street. As well as network infrastructure improvements to increase rail capacity to and from the East Midlands, Hereford, Worcester and the South West.
The vision for Moor Street future-proofs the station to cope with its growing popularity. With passenger numbers at the station expected to grow from seven million to 12 million by 2043 and further increases expected as a result of the Midlands Rail Hub and HS2 in 2026.
A second entrance to the south of the station is proposed to improve passenger flow, avoid overcrowding and create better access to the revitalised Digbeth area and the proposed £1.5 billion Smithfield development.
These initial concepts, developed by West Midlands Rail Executive in collaboration with Transport for West Midlands, Midlands Connect, Network Rail, HS2 Ltd, Chiltern Railways, West Midlands Railway and Birmingham City Council – is the first stage of a long-term plan to transform Moor Street in to a world-class station experience, and place the station at the centre of Birmingham’s unprecedented regeneration.
The striking artists’ impressions were designed by renowned architecture firms Grimshaw and Glenn Howells Architects, who also worked together on designs for HS2’s Curzon Street Station.
Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “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 whole area of Birmingham will be revitalised over the next few years as the world’s largest Primark opens, Curzon Street HS2 station is built, and Moor Street is transformed. 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.”
Richard Brooks, West Midlands Railway’s customer experience director, said: “The Moor Street vision is a great example of how the rail industry and local authorities can come together to make a real difference to the lives of rail users. Train travel in the West Midlands has never been more popular. That’s why we are currently investing £1 billion to improve our rail services. Creating more capacity on our network is a major driver of progress and prosperity for our region.”
The report, Birmingham Moor Street Station: The Vision, is the first stage in identifying potential concept options to ensure the station is fit for the future. Further feasibility studies are required to progress the preferred concept to a greater level of technical analysis, which can feed into a future Outline Business Case for the redevelopment of the station.