Birmingham New Street station unveils £750m makeover
Tuesday 22nd September 2015
The once old, dark concourse of Birmingham New Street station has been transformed into a light, spacious, giant glass roofed atrium which will undoubtedly help change the face of the city.
The new station opens this Sunday to the general public, together with an adjoining redeveloped shopping centre, Grand Central, which will open on Thursday. 3,500 workers were employed to work on the rebuild, which involved tens of thousands of tonnes of concrete being removed and recycled to create space for the new station, whose atrium covers a concourse 5 times the size of Euston in London. Birmingham New Street station is the busiest station outside of London, and the busiest interchange station in the UK with a train leaving every 37 seconds.
Sophie Wilson at Gordons says, ”It is fantastic that Network Rail has rebuilt one of the UK’s busiest stations without disrupting passenger journeys. Not only this but the new station will stimulate economic growth in the area, create jobs and attract businesses. The improvements will mean passengers and local people in Birmingham can benefit from the new state of the art space.”