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HS2 in Birmingham

HS2 in Birmingham
Proposed HS2 Birmingham Curzon Street station

Find out what HS2 means for Birmingham

Sitting at the heart of the high-speed rail network, HS2 connects Birmingham City Centre to London and the rest of the of the network from a new Curzon Street Station which will be one of the most environmentally friendly stations in world.

The route leaves the station on viaducts through the city to Washwood Heath. This is where the new rolling stock maintenance depot and the network control centre will be built.

The HS2 railway then moves into a tunnel emerging east of the A452, before heading south at Castle Vale towards London.  Within Birmingham, we will be building one tunnel at Bromford, two viaducts at Saltley and the River Tame, and a major depot at Washwood Heath. Three more viaducts through Digbeth and the new HS2 Curzon Street Station will also be constructed.

Benefits at a glance

  • Capacity - HS2 will form the backbone of our rail network

    Providing much-needed rail capacity across the country, and and integrating with rail projects in the North and Midlands.

  • Connectivity - HS2 will help level-up the country

    By offering better connections HS2 will help spread jobs and opportunity around the country, driving regeneration.

  • Carbon - HS2 will be the low carbon option for long distance travel

    HS2 will build sustainable, climate-resilient transport infrastructure and cut carbon emissions from the UK transport sector.

What we're delivering in Birmingham

  • Construction

    HS2 has appointed joint venture Mace Dragados deliver Birmingham City’s HS2 station, Curzon Street.

  • Supply Chain

    33 businesses working on the project already are located within the Borough of Solihull, including Biosite Systems Ltd in Shirley. 67 per cent of these businesses are SMEs.

  • Community Fund

    In the Solihull area, nine CEF projects worth over £323,364 have already been awarded.

  • New High Speed Station

    Curzon Street station will include seven dedicated platforms and will be net zero carbon in operation by adopting the latest eco-friendly design and sustainable technologies.

Curzon Street station

Birmingham Curzon Street Station will be one of the most environmentally friendly stations in world.

Washwood Heath train depot and control centre

Washwood Heath Depot will be HS2’s central control centre and maintenance depot.

Aston Chruch Road overbridge and Saltley viaduct

Saltley Viaduct and Aston Church Road Overbridge are located two miles north east of Birmingham City Centre.

Bromford tunnel

HS2 is developing a more detailed design for Phase One of the railway, following the appointment of its main works contractors.

Old Curzon Street station building

The car park to the south of Curzon Street, opposite Millennium Point, was the home of the first railway terminus in central Birmingham.

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Three month construction look ahead

Autumn 2021

Autumn 2021