UK high-speed train railway line developer HS2 has unveiled the designs of two stations in the West Midlands.
The designs of the two stations, Curzon Street and Interchange Station, will now be available for feedback as a part of a public engagement programme.
Both design concepts have been devised to enable swift navigation across the station and platforms.
HS2 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 underway, with a variety of enabling works including the construction of access roads and archaeological investigations.”
Located in central Birmingham, Curzon Street station will feature seven high-speed platforms upon its opening in 2026, and will be integrated with the city’s extended tram network.
Interchange station will serve Solihull, the West Midlands, Birmingham Airport and the NEC regions. Construction of the station is also expected to support economic growth in the area, including the creation of business spaces and jobs.
Arup will design the Interchange station, while WSP UK in collaboration with Grimshaw Architects will design Curzon Street station.
The public engagement event on the station designs will continue throughout this month at Birmingham Library.
The HS2 project is expected to start the first phase of its services in 2026, when the section between London and Birmingham becomes operational, followed by its expansion to Manchester and Leeds in 2033.
Construction works on this project is estimated to support more than 15,000 jobs by 2020.