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Chris Montgomery - Articles and news items

Rebuilding for a proper gateway

Issue 6 2013 / 4 December 2013 /

When the last round of redevelopment work began at Birmingham New Street in the 1960s, England were on the verge of winning the World Cup and rail travel was forecast to decline. Since then rail travel has enjoyed rather more success than the England football team and the station handles double the number of passengers it was designed for – 140,000 per day at the last count. Such was the overcrowding that four years ago Network Rail and its delivery partner Mace began to rebuild1 the station into a proper gateway for the City of Birmingham.

Network Rail Project Director Chris Montgomery said: “The New Street revamp is one of the most complex construction projects in Europe, as not only are we redeveloping a 1967 structure, we are also undertaking major construction and demolition over a live operating railway, without impacting any rail services or disrupting passengers as a result of our works.”

And in April 2013, passengers saw the first major change to the station’s operations, as the old concourse was shut and half of the planned new concourse area was brought into use.

Work gets underway to transform “old” New Street station

Rail industry news / 3 December 2013 /

Work has begun to transform the east side of Birmingham’s New Street station…

New Street’s new entrance takes shape

Rail industry news / 29 May 2012 /

Passengers using New Street station will soon be able to get a glimpse of the future shape of their station…