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July 7, 2015

UK’s Network Rail to open Birmingham New Street station on 20 September

UK rail infrastructure operator Network Rail is set to open the redeveloped Birmingham New Street station and Grand Central on 20 September.

Birmingham New Street station

UK rail infrastructure operator Network Rail is set to open the redeveloped Birmingham New Street station and Grand Central on 20 September.

The redeveloped Birmingham New Street station will feature a new atrium and concourse.

Scheduled to be open on 24 September, the shopping complex Grand Central built above the station, will have John Lewis store and more than 60 other retailers.

Following the opening, Grand Central and the redeveloped station will provide customers and passengers with a new shopping and station experience, with easy access by rail or road from across the West Midlands and beyond.

"The opening of the improved Birmingham New Street will be a huge boost to the city."

UK Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: "This magnificent new station will transform journeys for millions of people, create thousands of jobs, and secure long-term economic growth in Birmingham and beyond.

"Investing in schemes like these is at the heart of our commitment to provide better journeys for passengers across the UK, support business growth and bring our country together."

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The new Birmingham New Street station provides natural light on to the new concourse, improved platform access, stunning architecture and better access to all parts of the city centre.

The project is backed by Network Rail, Birmingham City Council, the UK Department for Transport and Centro.

Network Rail route managing director Martin Frobisher said: "The opening of the improved Birmingham New Street will be a huge boost to the city.

"It’s another iconic building that the people of Birmingham can be proud of and will provide a vastly improved travelling experience for passengers."

As part of this development more than 3,000 construction jobs were created, including over 115 apprenticeships.

Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore said: "The station redevelopment has been a key project for the city, stimulating economic growth and regeneration and, with the added creation of Grand Central, it has provided one of the best-connected retail spaces in the country."


Image: Birmingham New Street station and Grand Central. Photo: courtesy of Network Rail.

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