Not long ago it would seem unthinkable...the Midlands running out of coal. But that's exactly what's happening.
Commuters at New Street this morning have largely welcomed major changes to the station in Birmingham.
See rare pictures of how Birmingham New Street looked in the 1850s to how things are now as it becomes a 21st century station.
60 volunteers are on hand at New Street Station to help guide passengers following the station's revamp says Network Rail.
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.
Up to 65,000 people pass through the station each weekday.
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.
People using Birmingham New Street's newly opened concourse say although it's confusing, it's a great improvement on what the station was like before.
Ben Herbert, from Network Rail, says even though this is just the first phase of the 'new' Birmingham New Street, the station is already bigger than the old concourse it has today replaced.
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A number of Birmingham New Street's first passengers using the refurbished concourse have taken to twitter to express their views.
The first phase of the multi-million pound redevelopment project opened to the public this morning.
The newly developed area of Birmingham New Street station has opened to the general public today.
The switchover will see the first major changes at New Street in over 40 years and marks a major milestone in the redevelopment of the station, which started in 2010.
Old entrances on Navigation Street and Smallbrook Queensway are closed. Train users are advised to view a map before travelling.
It's all-change for hundreds of thousands of passengers at one of Britain's busiest railway stations. The re-development of New Street station in Birmingham has reached its half-way stage.
On Sunday, new entrances will open and the old 1960's concourse closes forever.