Designs revealed for major new stations ‘at the heart’ of HS2
The company developing the UK’s new high speed rail network is revealing images for two of its upcoming stations in the West Midlands.
HS2 Limited will unveil designs for its rail hubs at Solihull and Birmingham in a series of public events at Birmingham Library this month, giving people the chance to see artists’ impressions and offer feedback.
The first of the two stations, Curzon Street in central Birmingham, will be Britain’s first new intercity station since the 19th century.
WSP UK Ltd is working on designs for Curzon Street with Grimshaw Architects LLP
Opening in 2026 with seven high speed platforms, it will also integrate with an extended tram network and pedestrian, cycle, taxi, bus and conventional rail connections.
The second, Interchange, will serve as a major gateway for the region. It will form part of a new public transport interchange that covers Solihull, the West Midlands, Birmingham Airport and the NEC.
HS2 Minister Nus Ghani commented: “Birmingham will be at the heart of HS2, and the transformation that is already taking place shows exactly how our new high-speed railway will drive forward regeneration and economic growth across the country.
Professional services firm Arup is behind designs for Interchange
“Unveiling the station designs for Curzon Street and the Solihull Interchange is a milestone moment. These stations will be catalysts for local jobs and new homes, as well as giving passengers access to thousands more seats, more services and better journeys.”
She continued: “We also want HS2 to set a new benchmark for truly inclusive travel, creating a railway that works for everyone. The task for our designers and engineers is now to take these ideas from the drawing board to reality, building iconic stations that are accessible, safe and open to all, no matter their needs.”
Last week, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling MP and West Midlands Mayor Andy Street marked the start of works on the site of the future Curzon Street station.
Work is underway on 60 sites across the route between London and Birmingham. More than 7,000 jobs are supported by the programme, with that number expected to hit 30,000 at peak construction.