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Capacity to increase at Birmingham Moor Street

Words: Laura Edgar
Artist impression of Moor Street / Grimshaw

Plans published today (18 March) for Birmingham Moor Street station will see the size of the concourse increase and two new platforms built.

Passenger numbers at Moor Street are expected to grow from seven million to 12 million a year by 2043, an increase predicted as a result of the Midlands Rail Hub and the arrival of HS2 in 2026.

These plans should put Moor Street at the heart of Birmingham’s ‘One Station’ strategy to ensure seamless links with both Curzon Street and New Street stations.

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “We have big plans for transport in the West Midlands and the expansion of Moor Street is a crucial part of that. This whole area of Birmingham will be revitalised over the next few years as the world’s largest Primark opens, Curzon Street HS2 station is built, and Moor Street is transformed. This vision for Moor Street will not only provide a better experience for commuters but with two extra platforms, it will set the foundation for the future expansion of rail services.”        

The concourse would increase in size from 910 square metres to 2,000 square metres, a ‘transfer deck’ with access to every platform would be built, and links to a new footbridge would provide passenger access directly to HS2 from Curzon Street via a new public square.

There are also plans to improve pedestrian access between Moor Street and New Street. 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 the Smithfield development. The grade-II listed entrance and concourse would be maintained.

West Midlands Rail Executive has developed the plans in collaboration with Transport for West Midlands, Midlands Connect, Network Rail, HS2 Ltd, Chiltern

Railways, West Midlands Railway and Birmingham City Council. These initial concepts form part of the first stage of a long-term plan to transform Moor Street into a world-class station experience, and place the station at the centre of Birmingham’s unprecedented regeneration, said the organisations.  

Maria Machancoses, director of Midlands Connect, said: “By expanding Moor Street and introducing new platforms, we will be ensuring that, alongside other vital infrastructure improvements, we will be providing the Midlands and indeed the UK with another world-class gateway into the region, increasing the number of trains coming into and out of Birmingham from across the Midlands, through our flagship Midlands Rail Hub plans.

“Through the ‘One Station’ vision, Moor Street will also be fully integrated with HS2 services, which will depart literally next to Moor Street. This vision can help create a rail network that’s fit for the future. With the ambition and leadership of local, regional and national leaders, we must bring this once-in-a-generation opportunity to life.”

Artist impressions of the plans were designed by international architectural practice Grimshaw. Stuart Grahn, associate principal, said: “Complementing the new HS2 station at Curzon Street, the proposed design for Moor Street celebrates the distinctive architectural character of this well-loved station. To capitalise on the station’s location in the heart of Birmingham, we have worked in close collaboration with Glenn Howells Architects to ensure that new, accessible entrances and routes around the station unlock much-needed connections to the city.”

Image credit | Grimshaw