Preparatory work has almost been completed and now major structures are being put in place on the site of HS2’s new interchange station – the brand new public transport gateway serving the Midlands, close to Birmingham International Station, the NEC and Birmingham Airport.
The site, covering an area of 150 hectares, is located within a triangle of land formed by the M42, A45 and A452. Current work includes the construction of modular bridges over the M42 and A446, and remodelling of the road network in the area to facilitate access to the new station, as well as easing access to and from Birmingham Business Park.
Around 200 people, including graduates and apprentices, are working on the site, from HS2’s Early Works contractor LM, a joint venture between Laing O’Rourke and Murphy. This is set to increase to 250 people over the coming months as the construction of new bridges and access roads ramps up.
Major regeneration plans around the site, being led by the Urban Growth Company, will support 70,000 new and existing jobs, 5,000 new homes and 650,000 square metres of commercial space, generating an additional £6.2bn GVA per year and bringing 1.3 million people to within a 45-minute commute of the station.
An Automated People Mover will link to the NEC, Birmingham International Station and Birmingham Airport, carrying up to 2,100 passengers per hour in each direction, with a link every three minutes along a 2.3-kilometre route.
Matthew Botelle, HS2 Ltd’s Stations Director, said: “It’s really exciting to see how much progress has been made on our Interchange site since early works started last summer. For the team working on one of the project’s biggest construction sites, it’s great to see it developing by the day, with bridges and roads already being built, paving the way for construction of the railway.
“As a transformational project, HS2 will play a pivotal role in creating regeneration opportunities around the station, with plans for new jobs, homes and commercial space resulting in a huge boost to the regional economy.”