Birmingham Curzon Street
Curzon Street Station will be at the heart of the high speed rail network.
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The West Midlands is at the heart of the new high speed network
HS2 will bring Birmingham and the West Midlands within an hour’s commute of Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, London, York, Preston and Wigan.
HS2 Services in the West Midlands
- Manchester – HS2 time 41 minutes, current time 87 minutes
- London – HS2 time 45 minutes, current time 82 minutes
- Sheffield – HS2 time 57 minutes, current time 59 minutes
- Leeds – HS2 time 49 minutes, current time 118 minutes
- Newcastle – HS2 time 117 minutes, current time 166 minutes
- Edinburgh – HS2 time 194 minutes, current time 243 minutes
- Glasgow – HS2 time 200 minutes, current time 240 minutes
- East Midlands Hub – 17 minutes
- Manchester – HS2 time 39 minutes, current time 105 minutes
- London – HS2 time 38 minutes, current time 70 minutes
- Leeds – HS2 time 46 minutes, current time 148 minutes
- Edinburgh – HS2 time 186 minutes, current time 265 minutes
- Glasgow – HS2 time 182 minutes, current time 262 minutes
Curzon Street Design
The Curzon Street Masterplan outlines proposals for 141 hectares of regeneration. It covers the area that will house the HS2 Curzon Street station in Birmingham city centre, along with £724m million in investment into the surrounding area. It envisages the creation of 36,000 new jobs,4,000 new homes and 600,000 square metres of commercial development.
Curzon Street station will be the first brand new intercity terminus station built in Britain since the since the 19th century. Eventually, there will be 9 trains per hour direct in each direction from the station.
The station design will maximise the benefit of natural resources such as sunlight and water and have new public spaces surrounding it. It will use the latest eco-friendly design and sustainable technologies including capturing rainwater and sustainable power generation. The station will be built to achieve a ‘BREEAM excellent’ standard and zero carbon emissions from day to day energy consumption.
The designs will also incorporate the existing historic Old Curzon Street building and link it to the new station’s eastern concourse at New Canal Street.
The designs also improve access to different modes of transport, with the Midland Metro running alongside and underneath the station, pedestrian routes to local bus services, Sprint rapid transit bus services and other train services and space for more than 250 bicycles.
Birmingham City Council’s Curzon Street Investment Plan will see £900 million spent on regenerating the area around the new station. The scheme will take place over 30 years, leading to the creation of several new neighbourhoods across almost 150 hectares, including 4,000 homes and 36,000 jobs.
HS2 helping reduce overcrowding
By freeing up space on existing lines, for new local train services, passengers and freight, HS2 helps ease congestion and over-crowding. Travelling by train becomes a more convenient and enjoyable option for everybody, regardless of how far they’re going.
According to Midlands Connect, HS2 will free up enough space on the existing railway network to improve rail services for 73 stations across the country. Find out more about its study on Benefits of HS2 Released Capacity.
Find out more about how HS2 helping reduce overcrowding more widely across the country.
HS2 helping reduce carbon emissions
By freeing up capacity on our current railways, HS2 will help take hundreds of lorries off the roads every day as more freight can move to rail. This will improve air quality and help reduce carbon emissions. Learn more about HS2 and zero carbon Britain.
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HS2 is already helping to attract significant investment
HS2 is boosting the region’s fast growing economy. Deutsche Bank, Jacobs Engineering and the retail banking arm of HSBC have relocated to Birmingham, with PwC significantly expanding its presence. Inward investment has created more jobs in the West Midlands than any other region outside London. The West Midlands Combined Authority HS2 Growth Strategy has the potential to add £14 billion to the regional economy and support 100,000 jobs. HS2 is working with Birmingham City Council, Solihull Council, West Midlands Combined Authority and regional stakeholders to ensure that the region achieves the full potential of HS2.
Read how investing in transport for growth will power the Midlands Engine.
448 West Midlands businesses have already worked on HS2
Across the country nearly 2,000 business have also worked on HS2. Over half of these are small and medium sized businesses and that number will grow as the pace of construction increases.
Curzon Street Station’s history
The new high speed rail station is being built on the site of Birmingham’s 19th century station at Curzon Street. HS2 archaeology has unearthed one of its key features, a train roundhouse, the oldest in the world. Learn more about the 1837 Curzon Street Station Roundhouse.