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£600m to transform New Street into flagship rail station

Construction has begun on Birmingham New Street station
Construction has begun on Birmingham New Street station Credit: ITV News Central

The Midlands will benefit from a £600 million transformation of Birmingham New Street as part of plans by Network Rail which begin today to improve rail services across the country.

The redevelopment aims to transform New Street in to one of Britain's flagship stations.

New station will be anchored by a John Lewis department store
New station will be anchored by a John Lewis department store Credit: ITV News Central

Birmingham New Street will see a new concourse which will be three and a half times bigger than at present and a large atrium will filter natural light throughout the station.

The station will also have links to the new Grand Central shopping centre which will provide over 40 new shops, including John Lewis, and 20 restaurants and cafes.

The approach to and from New Street will also be resignalled to provide a more reliable and efficient railway meaning fewer delays.

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Have a nice trip: CCTV catches escalator slips and falls

People with heavy luggage and wearing high heels are among those to topple over while travelling on Birmingham New Street's escalators.

CCTV footage released by Network Rail as part of a new safety campaign shows people at the busy station taking a tumble.

The first clip shows a man struggling with his luggage fall backwards, and - apparently giving up on the situation - continues to travel upwards with his legs in the air.

A second clip shows another person trip up twice as they struggle to keep their footing.

Network Rail has stressed that neither of the people shown were injured.

Birmingham New Street among top for escalator falls

A campaign to cut the number of slips and falls on railway station escalators has been launched by Network Rail.

More than 400 people took a tumble on the 17 biggest stations in the country in the last year - and 32 of those were at Birmingham New Street, placing it sixth in the chart for the number of accidents.

Trying to carry heavy luggage, rushing, high heels and alcohol have all contributed to falls.

The full list of falls is as follows:

  • London Paddington: 54
  • London Liverpool Street: 44
  • London Waterloo: 41
  • Leeds: 41
  • Manchester Piccadilly: 39
  • Birmingham New Street: 32
  • St Pancras International Station: 30
  • Edinburgh Waverley: 25
  • St Pancras (Lower Level): 25
  • King's Cross: 22
  • London Bridge: 16
  • Liverpool Lime Street: 12
  • London Victoria: 11
  • Euston: 10
  • Fenchurch Street: 10
  • Glasgow Central: 5
  • Charing Cross (London): 1

Network Rail opens at former Peugeot site - full report

by Chris Halpin

Seven years ago when french car maker Peugeot closed its factory at Ryton, the employment situation in the area looked pretty bleak.

More than two thousand people were made redundant when production lines stopped at the plant near Coventry in 2006.

The factory is long gone - but now new firms are building big, bringing hundreds of new jobs. Chris Halpin went to see the first company to move in - Network Rail.

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