Plans to transform Birmingham International Station into a fully integrated transport exchange, linked to the new HS2 Interchange Station in Solihull, have been given a major boost by West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).
The Urban Growth Company (UGC) – set up by Solihull Council to maximise the benefits of HS2’s arrival – secured £9.27m Devolution Deal funding from the WMCA at its Investment Board meeting earlier this week (April 30).
The funding will allow the UGC to appoint consultants to progress the technical design of the station, and design and build contractors to undertake the physical delivery of the project.
The new-look station will form a key part of the envisaged UK Central Hub.
The UGC’s plan is to transform the existing station into a multi-modal transport exchange.
It will bring together existing rail, future high speed rail, air, trams, buses, rapid transit, private vehicles, taxis, bicycles and an automated people mover, through seamless connections to Birmingham Airport and the HS2 Interchange Station by 2025.
The plans form a major part of the ambitions for the UK Central Hub which is the area of land in Solihull near the M42 comprising Birmingham Airport, the NEC, Jaguar Land Rover, Birmingham Business Park and Arden Cross, which will be home to the HS2 Interchange Station from 2026.
The UGC has predicted that The Hub has the potential to create up to 77,500 new jobs, 775,000 sq m of commercial space, 4,000 new homes and £4.1bn GVA each year.
Nick Brown, chairman of the Urban Growth Company, said: “This project is strategically important because of its role in unlocking major growth and development, as well as improving accessibility and connectivity.
“It also means that Birmingham International Station, which is set to become one of the busiest stations in the UK, will become an iconic gateway to the region with greater capacity and a much-improved passenger experience.”
The estimated cost of the entire Birmingham International Station project is £286m and the UGC will continue working with regional and central government to secure funding to deliver the project by December 2025.