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Interchange Station serves Solihull, Birmingham Airport and the NEC. Its design focuses on sustainability.

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Solihull and HS2

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The West Midlands is at the heart of the new high speed network

HS2 will bring the West Midlands within an hour’s commute of Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, London, York, Preston and Wigan.

HS2 Services in West Midlands

Interchange to:

  • 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

Birmingham to:

  • 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.

Building the railway: Phase One (Interchange)

HS2 journey times

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The best connected place

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.

Interchange Design

The Interchange Station itself will be made up of two 415 metre long island platforms, offering 4 platform faces, as well as 2 central high speed through lines for non-stopping services. The station will be linked to the NEC, Birmingham International Station and Birmingham Airport via an automated people mover carrying up to 2,100 passengers per hour in each direction. In addition to the APM, the station will be fully integrated with other local buses, taxis and private vehicle options.

Interchange focuses on sustainability, maximising natural daylight and ventilation and a station roof design which can capture and reuse rainwater. The station will be built to achieve a ‘BREEAM excellent’ standard and zero carbon emissions from day to day energy consumption. The designs have also now incorporated sunken rain gardens in the public plaza and an outdoor terrace to the station concourse. Another key change is the creation of a dedicated pedestrian access into the station from the east of the railway, along with cycle access to the new station from the north, west and south-east through a mixture of dedicated routes.

Visit our dedicated community site for the area. There you can learn more about the station design.

CGI showing aerial view of Interchange Station and surrounding area.
Interior view of Interchange Station
External lake view of Interchange Station
CGI showing different views of Interchange Station and surrounding area.

Station construction

Preparatory work has almost been completed and now major structures are being put in place on the site of the station. The site, covering an area of 150 hectares, is located within a triangle of land formed by the M42, A45 and A452.

Current work includes construction of modular bridges over the M42 and A446, and remodelling of the road network in the area to facilitate access to the new station, as well as easing access to and from Birmingham Business Park.

Around 200 people, including graduates and apprentices, are already working on the site, from HS2’s Early Works contractor LM, a joint venture between Laing O’Rourke and Murphy. This is set to increase to 250 people over the coming months as the construction of new bridges and access roads ramps up.

Construction workers view the move of a large bridge into place over a motorway. It will provide improved access to Interchange station.
The installation of a new bridge that will improve access to the Interchange site. It was installed across the M42 motorway in just one weekend.

The Hub: a new destination

Interchange Station will not only offer 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.

The UGC’s plans for The Hub will create the environment to support:

  • 70,000 new and safeguarded jobs
  • Up to 5,000 homes
  • 650,000 square metres of commercial space
  • Adding £6.2bn GVA per annum to the economy
  • Bringing 1.3m people to within a 45 min commute of The Hub by public transport

The UGC’s vision for The Hub is to create Europe’s best-connected destination for business, leisure and living; a new and outstanding gateway to the UK.

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.

HS2 is already helping to attract significant investment

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 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.

Regional supply chain stories 

Solihull-based Biosite is working with HS2 to develop a new initiative to boost health and safety and competency insight across the supply chain. The new digital passport system will be used across multiple sites and will establish a central database of critical workforce information across our supply chain.

Biosite and HS2.

More information about joining HS2’s supply chain.

More capacity, cutting carbon and better connectivity