A bigger, better and brighter station for Birmingham

October 2017
  • Birmingham New Street station is an astonishingly three and a half times larger than before, allowing more than 170,000 passengers to pass through each day with ease.
  • Accessibility improvements include 15 new lifts, 36 new escalators and better pedestrian links.
  • A substantial new shopping centre and John Lewis store is creating 1,000 new jobs.

Birmingham New Street station has been transformed into a major transport and shopping hub, stimulating economic growth and regeneration in Britain’s second city.

Opening in September 2015 the station offers a more-than spacious new concourse, three and a half times bigger than before. The entire station including all 12 refurbished platforms is enclosed by a giant roofed atrium, allowing natural light to flood in and brighten customer journeys. Using the station is much easier and a more enjoyable experience for the 170,000 train passengers, in addition to walk-in shoppers, who pass through it each day.

Better access for everyone

As part of Network Rail’s "Access for all" campaign the station has undergone major accessibility improvements throughout the station, with lifts and escalators to every platform:

  • 15 new lifts
  • 36 new escalators
  • Clearer platforms with more space for passengers

Better connections

The redevelopment makes it much easier for the public to navigate with better links to and through the station, with new entrances and a new public square improving connections across the city.  New Street station is connecting Britain for generations to come.

The extended Midland Metro tram system runs through the heart of the city, terminating at New Street station.

Stimulating regeneration

  • The redeveloped shopping centre – now relaunched as Grand Central Birmingham – and the John Lewis store to the south of the station not only offers great shopping but created up to 1,000 new jobs.
  • The improved transport connections make the local area more appealing and will help stimulate regeneration.

The stunning new station adds to Birmingham’s reputation for spectacular design and will help transform Britain’s second city into a world-class destination.

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