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  • History of Birmingham New Street

  • Birmingham New Street station opened in 1854..

    It currently it handles about 80 per cent of the daily services to Birmingham, including long distance trains from Euston to the north, services from the south and south-west to Scotland, Newcastle, Manchester and Liverpool, and the east-west services to East Anglia and through Central Wales.

    The station serves over 31 million people every year.


    • The original station was opened by the London and North Western Railway (LNWR) on 1 June 1854; The Queen's Hotel opened on the same day
    • Midland Railway (MR) station opened on 8 February 1885 and was built immediately alongside the original
    • The joint committee LNWR and MR was formed in 1897
    • LNWR roof was removed between 1948 and 1952
    • The Queen's Hotel was closed and demolished in 1964
    • The power signal box was built in 1964
    • The entire station was completely rebuilt in 1967
    • In 2010, the redevelopment of the station begins with work to create a new concourse in the old car park
    • The first half of the new concourse opened in April 2013 and redevelopment work switches to transform the old part of the station concourse 

    Station design

    • LNWR 1854 station comprised one trussed arch span 211ft wide by 840ft long. This was designed by A. E. Coowper of Fox Henderson and Co. It was the widest span of all railway roofs at the time and remained so for 14 years.
    • MR 1885 station comprised 2 trussed arch spans, one 58ft by 620ft and the other 67ft 6" by 600ft. It was designed by F. Stevenson, chief engineer to the LNWE.
    • The rebuilt station was designed by the British Rail Midland regional architect and his team.
    • The Queen's Hotel was designed by J. W. Livock.