HS2 has unveiled the latest designs for its Birmingham Curzon Street and Interchange stations.
Designed by WSP and Grimshaw Architects, the new Curzon Street station is described as the first new intercity station built in the UK since the 19th century.
Featuring 400 m-long platforms to accommodate the high-speed services, the station will include seven platforms in 2026 when the first phase of HS2 is expected to open.
The station will be fully integrated into Birmingham’s tram network and will offer connections to the wider West Midlands.
The Interchange station will form part of a new gateway station for the region and is part of a larger transport hub serving the West Midlands, Birmingham Airport and the NEC.
Arup said it aimed to futureproof the station to accommodate new developments or future transport innovations.
Commenting on the designs, HS2 chief executive Mark Thurston said: “Both of these new stations will be transformational for the Midlands and will create opportunities for regeneration, growth and economic benefits for the city and region.
“Preparatory work for the stations is well under way, with a variety of enabling works including the construction of access roads and archaeological investigations.
“As part of our plans to deliver a ‘green corridor’ across the whole route, we’re also creating new ecological habitats, community and amenity spaces to help integrate the new line and our stations into the surrounding landscape and environment.
“All of this activity is already creating job opportunities not just in the region, but across the whole country.”