Birmingham New Street improvements

Birmingham New Street redevelopment

A bigger, better and brighter station for Birmingham


We’ve transformed Birmingham New Street station into a major transport and shopping hub, stimulating economic growth and regeneration in Britain's second city. The first half of the new station was completed in April 2013 and the full redevelopment opened in September 2015.

A bigger, brighter station

The new station is enclosed by a giant glass-roofed atrium, allowing natural light to brighten the entire area including all 12 refurbished platforms.

Its spacious new concourse is three and a half times bigger than before. This makes using the station a much easier and more enjoyable experience for the 140,000 passengers who pass through it each day.

Better access for everyone

We’ve improved accessibility throughout the station with lifts and escalators to every platform:

  • 15 new lifts
  • 36 new escalators
  • Clearer platforms with more space for passengers

Better connections

There are better pedestrian links to and through the station, with new entrances and a new public square improving connections across the city.

Since the end of 2015, the extended Midland Metro tram system runs through the heart of the city, terminating at New Street station.

Stimulating regeneration

  • The redeveloped Pallasades – now relaunched as Grand Central Birmingham – and the John Lewis store to the south of the station will together create up to 1,000 new jobs.
  • The improved transport connections will stimulate regeneration in the area.
  • The stunning new station adds to Birmingham's reputation for good design and will help transform New Street into a world-class destination.


  • Sept 2009: Preparatory work starts on site
  • April 2010: Construction begins, the first platform is refurbished and the new concourse is created in the old NCP car park
  • Summer 2011: Work to clad the station in its reflective steel facade begins
  • April 2013: The first half of the concourse opens and work switches to transform the existing station
  • Summer 2015: The project completes – the platform refurbishment finishes, the second half of the concourse opens and the atrium is revealed