Rail passengers wondering what the stations they will be using when the HS2 link is finished will look like do not need to wait until they are open to find out.
This is because designs of Birmingham and Solihull stations have been released at Birmingham Library, giving the public the chance to take a look and give their feedback.
The first new travel hub to open will be Curzon Street in central Birmingham, which will be accessible in 2026. Boasting seven high-speed platforms, the station will also integrate into the city’s tram, rail, cycle, bus and taxi network to help passengers access the entire city.
The Solihull interchange will provide connections for those in Solihull, the West Midlands, the NEC and Birmingham Airport. It will also encourage further regeneration of the area, with plans for new homes, business locations, jobs and developments.
Nusrat Ghani, HS2 Minister, said: “Unveiling the station designs for Curzon Street and the Solihull Interchange is a milestone moment. These stations will be catalysts for local jobs and new homes, as well as giving passengers access to thousands more seats, more services and better journeys.”
The design of Curzon Street allows rail users to take in a view of the city as they arrive, while its low arch will help to make it an icon of the Midlands.
Earlier this summer, the government made important appointments for HS2, including its chief operating office and chief financial officer.
These roles will help the £56 billion project, which will see 345 miles of track being constructed to link eight major cities in the UK, finish on time and to plan.
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