SP0786 : HS2 Curzon Street station site, Birmingham, August 2019

taken 2 years ago, near to Birmingham, Great Britain

HS2 Curzon Street station site, Birmingham, August 2019
HS2 Curzon Street station site, Birmingham, August 2019
The site hoarding bears a huge amount of HS2 publicity, promotion and information. Along Park Street (which was open at the time) is this artist's impression of the station. The view is roughly east, both of the hoarding and of the station from roughly this location. The trains are out of sight at the upper level with public space on the north side. The image is consistent with SP0787 : Display on HS2 site boundary fence, Park Street, Eastside, Birmingham though it doesn't bear a great resemblance to the artist's impression facing Moor Street Queensway SP0786 : Illustration, Curzon Street Station, Moor Street Queensway hoarding, Birmingham. The photo is as it came out of the camera; the urge to straighten it has been resisted.
HS2 in and around Birmingham

HS2 is the second high-speed rail line in Great Britain, between London and Birmingham and beyond. In 2019 the site of the Birmingham terminus, Curzon Street Station, has been fenced and works have begun.

The huge Curzon Street site, long-vacant, has been home to railway stations before. In the 1830s railway companies had built lines from Liverpool, Derby and Gloucester into Birmingham, each with its own terminus. Not until 1838 did the London and Birmingham Railway open Curzon Street station to receive its trains from Euston. It soon became an interchange station although disadvantaged by its distance from the heart of the town. In the 1840s new companies competed to introduce new routes, particularly north-south and northeast-southwest services via Birmingham.

"A significant proportion of Birmingham's railway network dates from this time. With this certainty came two realisations: first, that a good and convenient railway system was the key to prosperity, and second, that Birmingham deserved something far better than having its stations tucked away on the periphery. A bold plan was therefore evolved [by the newly-formed London and North Western Railway Company (L&NWR) supported by the town's Street Commissioners] to create a 'grand central station'". They and the other companies extended and connected their lines into the new station which opened in 1854 as Birmingham New Street. It was an immediate success as services were diverted to it; Curzon Street closed to regular passenger trains within a month but its goods yard developed massively in subsequent years.

to be continued

Further reading: Richard Foster. Birmingham New Street, the story of a great station including Curzon Street (4 volumes). 1: Background and Beginnings, the years up to 1860. Didcot: Wild Swan Publications, 1990. ISBN 0 906867 78 9

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Date Taken
Tuesday, 20 August, 2019   (more nearby)
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Lowlands  Boundary, Barrier  City, Town centre  Railways  Construction, Development 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 0755 8691 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:28.8039N 1:53.4157W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 0753 8692
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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