John McAslan & Partners' Birmingham New Street scheme has received a huge boost with news that the government has approved the first £128 million stage of the project.
Only a week ago ( McAslan's Birmingham New Street proposals face funding setback
) the future of the £500 million New Street station refurbishment was in doubt after the government warned Birmingham City Council that it needed to do more to secure funding for the scheme.
But yesterday (24 July) the government published its rail White Paper, in which it approved £128 million of the £350 million of government money needed to fund the New Street Gateway plan, which will triple the size of the existing station.
The work is expected to more than double the station's passenger and train handling capacity, relieve congestion and create more than 5,000 jobs.
Linked to the work will be a redevelopment of the surrounding area, which will include the creation of better pedestrian connections across the city centre.
The New Street Gateway Steering Group is made up of representatives from Birmingham City Council, Network Rail, Centro, and Advantage West Midlands.by Max Thompson