HS2 in Solihull
Find out more about what HS2 means for Solihull
Solihull is at the heart of the new high-speed railway network, and will pass through the Balsall Common, Berkswell, Hampton in Arden, Bickenhill and Chelmsley Wood areas of Solihull.
Solihull will be home to the new HS2 Interchange Station. Close to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) and Birmingham Airport – it will be a major gateway station for the West Midlands region, connecting passengers to Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, and Manchester city centres. Interchange Station will feature two 415-metre-long island platforms, offering 4 platform faces, as well as 2 central high speed through lines for non-stopping services. Interchange Station will connect to the NEC, Birmingham International Train Station and Birmingham airport via an Automated People Mover (APM), which will be capable of carrying up to 2100 passengers per hour in each direction.
When fully operational, passengers from Interchange Station will be able to reach Manchester in just 37 minutes and London Euston in just 38 minutes.
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 delievering in Solihull
HS2 plan to award the construction partner contract in 2022, with construction planned to start in 2024.
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.
In Solihull, nine CEF projects worth over £323,364 have already been awarded.
New High Speed Station
Interchange station will include two dedicated platforms, new retail space and improved connections to the NEC, Birmingham International railway station and Birmingham Airport.