HS2 Ltd has unveiled its design vision for new stations that will be located in Birmingham and Solihull.
It is another significant milestone in the delivery of the high speed railway in the UK, which will directly link London, Birmingham, the East Midlands, Leeds and Manchester.
Scheduled to open in phases from 2026, right through to 2033, it is one of the largest infrastructure projects currently underway in Europe and these stations at Birmingham and Solihull are key in providing links to passengers from London.
HS2 Ltd has released images at Birmingham Library as part of a series of public engagement events in October that will allow for feedback to be given.
The Curzon Street station in Birmingham will have the distinction of being the first new intercity station built in Britain since the 19th century, creating a new city landmark and boosting regeneration opportunities.
For Solihull, Interchange station will be a new major gateway station for the region, part of a public transport interchange serving the town, as well as the West Midlands, Birmingham Airport and the NEC.
This station will deliver growth in the surrounding area, with new homes, business spaces and jobs created.
Work is accelerating on HS2; more than 60 sites are already active across the London to Birmingham route. At peak construction time, 30,000 jobs will be created.
Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, explained the significance of the two stations – two of a number of enhancements as part of the scheme.
He said: “These brand new stations will be catalysts for regeneration, creating jobs and opportunities for local people and economic benefits for Birmingham and the Midlands.
“Curzon Street station will put Birmingham at the heart of Britain’s new high speed network and enhance the rail connectivity for the city, whilst Interchange provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to help drive the growth of the region.”