Sunday 28 April 2013
We started the huge task of rebuilding New Street in 2010, and we've committed to keeping the station open for passengers until we finish in 2015.
Everything has changed at New Street as we've reached the half way point of the project. We've now opened the first half of your new station.
While we won't unveil the atrium until the end of the project in 2015, the first half of the station has all of the facilities you expect, plus new lifts and escalators to every platform to improve access.
We've uploaded some useful information here, including the new map to help you get around the station.
Important information for pedestrians
If you previously entered the station at the main entrance on Smallbrook Queensway, you can either walk along the new walkway (beneath the Odeon with the big green wall feature) which will take you around to the new entrance on Stephenson Street. You'll need to allow an additional 5 minutes or so to your journey time to reach the new main entrance from this side of the city. Alternatively, the link bridge connecting the Bullring to the former Pallasades shopping centre will remain open, providing an indoor route into the shopping centre and down the new escalators we're building to take you in to the new concourse. The old Pallasades escalators have now closed as part of our second phase of station refurbishment.
If you previously used the Victoria Square exit on Navigation Street, the new entrance on Stephenson Street is just 1 minute walk away.
Important information for vehicle users
The vehicle drop off and pick up at the front of the station off Smallbrook Queensway has closed. The new vehicle drop and go is located on Hill Street, so if you're driving to the station to either drop someone off or short stay park, you'll need to take an earlier left exit from Smallbrook Queenway, taking you onto Hill Street and along in to the new drop and go area. The taxi pick up point remains in its existing location on this side of the city on Navigation Street. We're currently rebuilding the long stay car park on the roof of the Pallasades which will open along with Grand Central and John Lewis in Autumn 2014.
Cycle to New Street?
We've provided 56 new cycle parking spaces, under cover on the Moor Street link walkway. When the station redevelopment fully completes in 2015, we'll provide 160 spaces for cyclists in total but will continue to monitor the area to ensure we provide the best facility possible.