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We will be working in partnership with the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) to deliver utility diversions for the planned Birmingham Eastside Metro extension, serving the new HS2 Curzon Street Station on its proposed route to Digbeth.
Alongside the WMCA, we have developed joint plans to ensure that utility diversions needed around our new Curzon Street station will future-proof the area for the city’s tram extension. These diversions, being carried out by enabling works contractor LMJV (Laing O’Rourke and J. Murphy & Sons Joint Venture), form part of the preparation work for the station.
The West Midlands Metro Eastside extension, between Bull Street and Digbeth, will better connect HS2 to wider Birmingham and the Black Country through the tram network. The plans lay the foundations for the new route to serve the station, as well as providing connections with New Street, Moor Street and Snow Hill railway stations. The extension, along with a number of others, is being planned, designed and delivered by the Midland Metro Alliance on behalf of Transport for West Midlands (TfWM).
At the heart of the high speed network, Curzon Street station has been designed to facilitate future improvements to public space, ensuring inclusive, seamless transport connections for local people, providing opportunities for retail and commercial development, helping drive local investment and regeneration. Granted planning permission earlier this year, it will be the first new intercity terminus station built in Britain since the since the 19th Century. Eventually, nine trains per hour will join the high speed network in each direction from the station.
The station is set to reduce carbon emissions by an unprecedented 55%, will achieve net zero carbon emissions from regulated energy consumption and use a range of technologies to generate energy from renewable sources. Its design has also been validated through the BREEAM Excellent rating, an industry-recognised standard for buildings that reduce energy usage and materials waste, and minimise impact on the natural environment.