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 40 minutes, current time 88 minutes
- London – HS2 time 45 minutes, current time 82 minutes
- Sheffield – HS2 time 49 minutes, current time 63 minutes
- Leeds – HS2 time 49 minutes, current time 118 minutes
- Newcastle – HS2 time 118 minutes, current time 172 minutes
- Edinburgh – HS2 time 191 minutes, current time 237 minutes
- Glasgow – HS2 time 200 minutes, current time 242 minutes
- East Midlands Hub – 17 minutes
- Manchester – HS2 time 37 minutes, current time 106 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 255 minutes
- Glasgow – HS2 time 186 minutes, current time 256 minutes
HS2 train times
Discover how HS2 will transform your journey
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. Find out more about HS2 helping reduce overcrowding.
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.
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.
The Curzon Street Masterplan outlines proposals for the 141 hectare area 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.
Opening with 7 high speed platforms in 2026, the new station is located within a brownfield site in the Eastside district on the edge of the city centre. The existing Moor Street station is at one end, the Millennium Point development and historic Curzon Street station building are to the north of the site and the existing Birmingham to Rugby railway line runs along the south side.
The new station will not only be for high speed rail passengers. It will be a brand new public space and gateway into Birmingham city centre. It will be fully integrated into an extended tram network, as well as offering pedestrian, cycle, taxi, bus and conventional rail connections to the rest of the city and the wider West Midlands.
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.
Read the press release about the design vision for new stations in Birmingham and Solihull.
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.