HS2 Ltd. has released the design concept for Curzon Street and Interchange stations, its two brand new stations in Birmingham and Solihull, part of HS2 project. Both stations have been designed with features to make it easy and simple for passengers to navigate the stations, access the platforms and connect seamlessly to other forms of transport.
“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,” HS2 Ltd CEO, Mark Thurston, said.
Curzon Street station in central Birmingham will be the first brand new intercity station built in Britain since the 19th century. Opening with 7 high speed platforms in 2026, the new station will not only be for high speed rail passengers, it will be a brand new public space in Birmingham city centre. It 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. The Curzon Street station was designed by WSP UK Ltd, in partnership with Grimshaw Architects LLP. Last week, the Secretary of Transport, Chris Grayling, and Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands marked the start of works on the site of the future Curzon Street station. Works are well underway on 60 sites across the route from London to Birmingham.
Interchange station 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 longer 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 put forward by the Urban Growth Company (UGC) which aim to maximise the opportunities the new HS2 Interchange Station presents as a key catalyst for growth. Arup is the designer for Interchange station.