Birmingham New Street platform work: here are the changes to journeys to keep in mind

Eight months of work announced at Birmingham New Street Station which will affect services

There will be some changes to journeys through Birmingham New Street station while engineers carry out improvements to the concrete roof above the station’s 12 platforms during the eight-month project.

The works are part of a £7.5m upgrade to the original 1960s concrete deck which supports the station concourse. The vital maintenance will keep trains running safely and reliably in future, says Network Rail.

Passengers are being given advanced notice of the alterations - particularly those travelling on CrossCountry services between the East and West Midlands. This will mean some changes to train times and services arriving and departing from different platforms than usual.

What are the changes to expect?

Platforms will need to be closed in pairs for four weeks at a time, starting with platforms 5 and 6 from Sunday 2 April to Sunday 30 April.

In addition to changes to platforms and train departure timings at Birmingham New Street, there will also be changes to weekday CrossCountry services between Nottingham and Birmingham New Street.

John Robson, regional director for East Midlands and East Anglia at CrossCountry, said: “There will be significant changes to train services between Nottingham and Birmingham via Derby, Burton-on-Trent and Tamworth while this important upgrade work takes place.

“We urge our customers to check for full details before they travel and thank them for their patience while these important improvements take place.”

Upgrades to the platforms are part of a wider package of upgrades at Birmingham New Street over the next two years which will help to improve journeys for passengers. Passengers are advised to plan ahead, visit National Rail website and check station departure boards before they travel.

New Street Station (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)New Street Station (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
New Street Station (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)