20 march 2019

vision for moor street station revealed

The West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE) has released images of proposals to redevelop Birmingham Moor Street station to create a station that will cater for the expected growth in passengers, linking seamlessly with Birmingham New Street and HS2 services at Curzon Street.  Passenger numbers at Moor Street are expected to grow from 7 million to 12 million a year by 2043.  Further increases are also expected as a result of the arrival of HS2 at the adjacent Curzon Street station in 2026 and the Midlands Rail Hub, which will see chords built at Bordesley to connect Moor Street with the lines towards Leicester and Derby in the east, and towards Cheltenham and Worcester in the west.

The plans include a new transfer deck, which will more than double the size of the concourse from 910 square metres to 2000 square metres and provide access to every platform as well as a link to new footbridge taking passengers directly to HS2 services from Curzon Street via a new public square.

Two new platforms are proposed to allow extra services to stop at Birmingham Moor Street from across the region using the Bordesley Chords.

A second entrance to the south of the station is proposed to improve passenger flow, avoid overcrowding and create better access to the Digbeth area and proposed £1.5 billion Smithfield development.

At present, these proposals are unfunded, but images of what is proposed can be viewed below.  It is hoped that the plans will be subject to public consultation because the question of whether the new distribution bridge is in keeping with the 1930s character of the existing station must be asked.