New Street Station revamp

People using Birmingham New Street Station this week can find out more about the multi-million pound revamp of the train station. An exhibition explaining the stages of the building work is on display.

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Weekday commuters use revamped station

A new era has dawned for Birmingham New Street, one of Britain's busiest railway stations.

Weekday commuters have got their first taste of Phase One of the redevelopment of the station, which has to cope with up to 140,000 passengers every day.

It is being revamped in two big stages. One half opened on Sunday and the other half is now being upgraded.

Transport correspondent Keith Wilkinson reports.

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New Street Station facts: A train leaves the station every 37 seconds

  • Birmingham New Street is the busiest station outside London with a train leaving the station every 37 seconds
  • It is also the busiest interchange station in the UK
  • More then 140,000 people use the station, double the number it was catered for
  • 1000 workers are on the site, working 24 hours a day
  • There are 36 new escalators and 15 new lifts following phase one of the redevelopment

Your views on the Birmingham New Street Station revamp

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@itvcentral @itvnews not very well. Escalators weren't working and no other stairs so takes ten minutes to change platforms

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@itvcentral feels like an airport. Well needed makeover though for such a busy station #decent

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@itvcentral it couldn't of been any worse! Unfair to judge as it isn't finished yet! But it looks amazing so far!

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Network Rail: 'All is going well so far' at New Street Station

The revamped New Street Station has opened on a weekday for the first time
The revamped New Street Station has opened on a weekday for the first time Credit: ITV News Central

Network Rail says 'all is going well so far' as the revamped New Street Station opens to the weekday rush hour for the first time.

65,000 people pass through the station on average
65,000 people pass through the station on average Credit: ITV News Central

Up to 65,000 people pass through the station each weekday.

Commuter test for 'new' Birmingham New Street

Extra staff will be at the station to help direct people around the new station Credit: ITV Central

Birmingham New Street's new facilities will be put to the test by commuters this morning. It's the first workday the rearranged station will be used by the public.

Extra staff will be employed to help people find their way around. It's the first phase of a multi-million pound upgrade of the 46 year old building.

Computer image of what the finished concourse should look like Credit: Network Rail
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