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New Street : New Start
The New Street Gateway project will turn New Street Station into the world-class station that passengers deserve with more light and space, additional entrances, easier access to platforms and a stunning new exterior.
The project will see 1960s-built New Street station transformed into a bright, modern, 21st century century focal point for Birmingham. It will double passenger capacity and deliver:
- a concourse that is three-and-a half times bigger than at present, enclosed by a giant, light-filled atrium
- more accessible, brighter and clearer platforms, reached by new escalators and new lifts
- a stunning new station facade, adding to Birmingham's growing reputation for good design
- better links to and through the station for pedestrians, with eight entrances
- a major stimulus for the physical regeneration of the areas surrounding the station.
The impact on passengers will be kept to a minimum as most of the work will take place off-site. Phase 1 will see a new concourse built in a former car park next to the station. This concourse is expected to open in 2012 and preparatory work started in September 2009. Phase 2 will then see the existing concourse closed for redevelopment. The project is expected to complete in 2015.
As well as the station itself the project will see a major transformation of the adjoining Pallasades Shopping Centre, which will include the building of a new John Lewis store. The store will directly create 650 new jobs and Birmingham City Council estimates it will boost the local economy by over £25 million per annum.
The Birmingham Gateway Project is funded in partnership by Network Rail, Birmingham City Council, Advantage West Midlands, Centro and the Department for Transport.
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