Further to our previous postings here and here Network Rail's new and improved Birmingham New Street station opened on Sunday 20th September.
Covered by a giant atrium allowing natural light throughout, the
new concourse is three and a half times bigger, providing more
space for the 170,000 passengers who use the station every
day. It has all the facilities you would expect
including waiting areas and shops.
All 12 refurbished platforms are clearer with more space and
are easily accessible via 15 new customer lifts, 36 new
escalators and numerous staircases.
Cross Country Trains are asking customers who are travelling to or from Birmingham New Street, or
making a connection there, to familiarise themselves with the new
layout and entrances and allow a little more time than usual when
passing through. Customers are being reminded that Automatic ticket gates will be in operation and to have tickets ready when entering and exiting the
The redeveloped shopping centre above, aptly named Grand Central, includes a flagship John Lewis store - the biggest outside
London, and will open on Thursday 24 September - four days after
the new Birmingham New Street station was officially unveiled.
A video has been produced showing a fly through fly through of the new station.
The strange thing is that connectivity is covered by showing the taxi rank and the tram stops. Trams currently don't visit the New Street area but buses do. There is only a fleeting glimpse of a bus in spite of the fact that buses bring many more passengers to Birmingham than cabs or trams. As usual it's a case of the bus being regarded as the poor relation. Birmingham would be lost without them!
Taxis are shown
So are trams
Spot the bus