Passengers using New Street station will soon be able to get a glimpse of the future shape of their station as construction of a brand new entrance progresses rapidly over the coming weeks.
Situated on the corner of Stephenson Street and Navigation Street, the new entrance will improve links between the city’s business district and New Street by allowing passengers access to the first half of the new station direct from Stephenson Street.
It is expected that the new entrance and the first half of the new station concourse will open in April 2013 when work will switch to the redevelopment of the existing station.
Chris Montgomery, project director for Network Rail said: “The area on the north west side of the station will be the first area to see dramatic changes as part of our plans to transform New Street and the Pallasades.
"Work is underway to install the first sections of the stainless steel façade above Stephenson Street and over the coming months passengers will be able to see one of the most important entrances into the new station start to take shape.
“Despite the large amount of work now taking place on site, passengers can be assured that the station will remain open throughout construction so they can continue to catch their train as normal.
"Passengers will notice the first major changes when we effectively switch the station over and open the first half of the new concourse in April next year."
The redevelopment of Birmingham New Street station and the Pallasades centre is backed by transport authority Centro, Birmingham City Council, Network Rail, Department for Transport and Advantage West Midlands.
Geoff Inskip, chief executive of Centro said: “Work to transform New Street Station into a stunning 21st century gateway is really gathering pace now.
“I believe this first glimpse of the new exterior will fire the public’s imagination and build further excitement over the prospect of finally having a station that Birmingham and the West Midlands as a whole can be proud of.”
In addition to the work to construct the new station entrance, other activity on site at the moment includes: