Rail passengers to have their say on designs for new University station

Residents and rail passengers are being offered the chance to have their say and help shape the final design of the new multi-million-pound University Railway Station.

Fresh images of the design were released today (20/08) as part of a public consultation run by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) and the West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE).

Transport officials are keen to hear people’s views on the redevelopment of the existing University station which opened to the public in May 1978.

The station was originally designed to handle around half a million passengers a year but now has to cope with over 3.5 million each year, a figure is expected to increase to more than seven million by 2043.

The success and expansion of the University of Birmingham, as well as the development of the world-class Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham,  have played a massive part in the increase in passengers.

The development project is being led by WMRE and TfWM, which is part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and is aimed at creating a fit-for-the-future station capable of accommodating up to 7.2 million passengers a year.

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “With a new life sciences campus on the way and the university and hospital continuing to expand, this area needs an impressive new station for the students, staff, visitors and the wider Edgbaston community.

“We all want the station to be the best it can be, which is why we are urging local people and regular users to join us on this exciting journey and have their say on the design.”

The plans have been drawn up by the WMRE and TfWM with costs covered from a range of funding partners, including a significant contribution from the University of Birmingham.

The plans are also being developed in close collaboration with train operator West Midlands Railway and Network Rail.

Cllr Ian Ward, WMCA portfolio holder for transport and leader of Birmingham City Council, added: “I am delighted we have got the funding and plans in place to deliver a new station for the huge numbers of people who use it every day.

“These are exciting times for Birmingham and the region, with major projects like the Commonwealth Games and HS2 enabling us to bring forward regeneration and improvements in our infrastructure.

“We want the public to help contribute towards the station’s design and how it fits in with the community.”

The new station will include:

  • A new station building providing access to both platforms
  • A direct link with the University Campus over the canal
  • A doubling of platform widths to accommodate peak time passenger flows
  • Canopy coverage along the whole of the platforms
  • Enhanced public space linking the station with existing bus stops and hospitals

The design team has worked closely with local partners, including the University of Birmingham, Canals and River Trust and Historic England, to ensure the design complements the local area.

Public consultation on the proposed station design launches today (20/08). As well as the opportunity to view and comment on the plans online at www.tfwm.org.uk/development/infrastructure/university-station the public can also visit any of the five public drop-in sessions being staged.