Transforming New Street
In addition to another fantastic-looking building in the heart of the city, the redevelopment of Birmingham New Street station will also contribute significantly to the region's economy, generating new jobs and wider economic and regeneration benefits.
More people are using the railways than ever before and 140,000 people use New Street every day. That's double the number it was built for in 1967.
The completion of the upgrade to the West Coast Main Line has seen increasing numbers of business and leisure travellers leaveing their cars at home and taking the train.
Network Rail's plans for New Street are vital to allow us to meet that growing demand. The new station will be able to cope with the increase in passenger numbers for at least the next 40 years.
Due to careful planning there will be minimal disruption for people using the station. The station will remain open throughout the project allowing passengers to catch their train as normal. The platforms will close on at a time meaning that a full train service can run during the build.
For the economy
Network Rail owns and operates New Street station, which sits at the heart of Birmingham City Council's city masterplan to develop more business opportunities, increase tourism and enhance the city's image.
Cllr Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council is leading the plan and has placed the redevelopment of New Street at the heart of the strategy.
The Birmingham New Street and Grand Central redevelopment will open up the city centre and reconnect the north and south sides for the first time since the arrival of the railways in the 19th century. In doing so, the redeveloped station will play a large part in regenerating Birmingham city centre, creating thousands of jobs.