The new HS2 Interchange Station is located in Solihull to the east of Birmingham near Birmingham Airport, the National Exhibition Centre, Jaguar Land Rover and Birmingham Business Park.
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Interchange Station will not only offers the opportunity to provide high speed rail services to Birmingham and the wider West Midlands region. It will also catalyse economic growth in the area immediately adjacent to Birmingham Airport and the NEC, known as UK Central Hub.
Through the design of the station and an evolving masterplan, HS2 will play a vital role, along with key local stakeholders including the Urban Growth Company (on behalf of Solihull Council), the West Midlands Combined Authority and others, in creating a new growth area around the high speed rail station.
Interchange Station will be the best-connected place in the UK by rail, road and air with customers able to reach London Euston in just 38 minutes.
It will also connect to the city centres of Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester. Around the site, an automated people mover (APM) will move passengers between the new HS2 Interchange Station, the NEC, Birmingham International Station and Birmingham Airport, which offers direct access to over 150 international destinations and a further 490 global connections.
The Interchange Station itself will be made up of two 415 metre long island platforms, offering four platform faces, as well as two central high speed through lines for non-stopping services. In addition to the APM, the station will be fully integrated with other local buses, taxis and private vehicle options. New rapid-transit ‘Sprint’ buses and Metro trams will also connect to the HS2 Interchange Station.
A Growth and Infrastructure Plan for The Hub area has been developed by the Urban Growth Company, with the HS2 Interchange Station at its heart. This outlines the opportunity to create up to 77,500 new jobs, 775,000 square metres of new commercial space and 4,000 homes,adding £4.1 billion to the economy each year.
Read the press release about the design vision for new stations in Birmingham and Solihull.