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Get on board and help bring HS2’s station designs to life
HS2 has released images for its new stations in Birmingham and Solihull, marking a significant milestone for the programme and cementing the project’s commitment to the Midlands being at the heart of Britain’s new high speed network. View the full gallery below.
The images were released at the Birmingham Library during the first of a series of public engagement events taking place throughout October, giving people the opportunity to see the new designs and provide feedback.
Rail design recruitment specialist at Matchtech, Graham Day, comments:
“The release of these designs is an exciting insight into the future. Being able to visualise what the new stations will look like will certainly whet the appetite for all current and budding engineers to be part of bringing these pictures to life.”
Transforming Britain’s railway infrastructure
Curzon Street station in central Birmingham will be the first brand new intercity station built in Britain since the 19th century, creating a new landmark and boosting opportunities for regeneration in the city.
Opening with seven high-speed platforms in 2026, the new station will not only accommodate high-speed rail passengers, but will also be a new public space in Birmingham city centre. Curzon Street station will be fully integrated into an extended tram network, as well as offering pedestrian, cycle, taxi, bus and conventional rail connections to the rest of the city and the wider West Midlands.
Interchange station, meanwhile, will be a new major gateway station for the region; part of a new public transport interchange serving Solihull, the West Midlands, Birmingham Airport and the NEC. The station will help deliver long-term development and growth proposals for the area around the station; including new homes, business space and jobs.
HS2 is also considering a number of extra elements to the scheme, which have been put forward by the Urban Growth Company (UGC). These aim to maximise the opportunities the new HS2 Interchange Station presents as a key catalyst for growth.
Join the rail revolution
Work is in progress at 60 sites across the HS2 route from London to Birmingham, with more than 7,000 jobs across the country supported by the programme – a figure that is expected to reach 30,000 at peak construction.
HS2 Ltd CEO, Mark Thurston, said: “Both of these new stations will be transformational for the Midlands and will create opportunities for regeneration, growth and economic benefits for the city and region. Preparatory work for the stations is well under way, with a variety of enabling works including the construction of access roads and archaeological investigations.
“As part of our plans to deliver a ‘green corridor’ across the whole route, we’re also creating new ecological habitats, community and amenity spaces to help integrate the new line and our stations into the surrounding landscape and environment. All of this activity is already creating job opportunities not just in the region, but across the whole country.”
Sir John Peace, Midlands Engine Chairman, added: “HS2 is already a huge part of the Midlands’ success story, bringing jobs and investment with it. These pioneering new station buildings will showcase a rail revolution which has our transformed region at its core.
“HS2 will be one of the most celebrated infrastructure projects in the world when trains start rolling into Interchange and Curzon Street in 2026, with a regenerative ripple effect that will be felt across the Midlands. I can’t wait to see the stations take shape.”
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