We excited to finally share our plans for the new University station at the University of Birmingham, which have been unveiled this week, after being in the works since early 2018.
We are working with Mott MacDonald and Node to deliver this prestigious station redevelopment scheme. Our brief from the West Midlands Rail Executive is to deliver a ‘landmark’ new station with significantly enhanced capacity which will transform the rail passenger experience and be a ‘big move’ in the planning strategy for the wider area.
The scheme will provide a brand new station, comprehensive landscaping scheme and step-free towpath access, together with a new canal footbridge creating a new connection into the adjacent University of Birmingham campus and allow passengers to continue journeys by bike, bus or taxi.
The site is within the setting of a Scheduled Ancient Monument (the Roman Metchley Fort) and involves close engagement with a wide range of stakeholders and partners.
The state-of-the-art replacement University station will overcome the constraints on passenger numbers and experience of the original station, which was designed for 400,000 passengers, but now handles 3 million passengers each year. The new station will be a high-quality gateway building, able to accommodate over 7 million passengers per year and offer the level of facilities needed for easy and comfortable travel, supported by higher frequency, larger capacity trains.