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The arrival of HS2 into Birmingham Curzon Street and the developing Midlands Rail Hub will see more services, from more destinations, accessing Birmingham more quickly. Proposals to double the services arriving from Hereford, Worcester and the South West will also make HS2 even more accessible.
Re-opening the Camp Hill line to passenger services is also a crucial part of the Rail Hub, bringing in commuters from places like Moseley and Kings Heath, which are currently only accessible by road.
These plans all align with the GBS LEP’s aspirations for the regeneration of Digbeth and the wider Enterprise Zone area. We are working closely with TfWM and WMRE on a ‘One Station’ approach to Curzon Street, New Street and Moor Street, which is essential for cross-region rail connectivity.
Our Midlands Motorway Hub study recommends ways to reduce congestion and strike a balance between traffic travelling to, and passing through, the Birmingham area, by addressing both supply and demand on the roads.
On the demand side, we’re examining options to reduce journeys into Birmingham with more appealing park and ride options. Total demand for use of the ‘Birmingham Box’ could also be managed by introducing traffic lights on entry slip roads and using improved digital signage to encourage a better understanding of using the M6 Toll.
On the supply side, we’ve proposed widening the M42 between Junction 3A for the M40 and Junction 7 for the M6, as well as filling in smart motorway gaps on the M6 to add lanes to the network. Also, converting the A46 to an expressway between the M5 and Coventry would benefit journeys from the South West towards the East Midlands. To the west of Birmingham, we’ll examine connectivity options and work to reduce local congestion
When HS2's Interchange station opens in 2026, Birmingham Airport will be just 38 minutes from central London. Released capacity on the WCML will also allow more regional services into Birmingham International, which is good news for businesses in the area like the NEC and Jaguar Land Rover.
Matthew Hammond, Midlands Regional Chairman,
increase in rail journeys into Birmingham during morning peak 2013-2015
new jobs expected at The Hub in Solihull, close to HS2 Interchange station.