HS2 in and around Birmingham :: Shared Description

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
by Robin Stott
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SP0786 : Albert Street totem, Moor Street Queensway, Birmingham by Robin Stott
SP0787 : HS2  site hoarding on New Canal Street, Eastside, Birmingham by Robin Stott
SP0787 : HS2 site  New Canal Street remains open, Digbeth, Birmingham (1) by Robin Stott
SP0787 : HS2 Curzon Street station site, Birmingham  the 1838 station site and hotel by Robin Stott
SP0786 : HS2 contact details, Moor Street Queensway, Birmingham by Robin Stott
SP0887 : HS2 Curzon Street station site, Birmingham  the former station site by Robin Stott
SP0786 : National College for High Speed Rail, Moor Street Queensway boards, Birmingham by Robin Stott
SP0787 : HS2 Curzon Street station site, Birmingham  looking east from New Canal Street by Robin Stott
SP0887 : Lawford Close businesses, Vauxhall, Birmingham by Robin Stott
SP0787 : Curzon Street site awaiting HS2 by Stephen Craven
SP0786 : Plan showing HS2 Curzon Street station site, Birmingham by Robin Stott
SP0786 : HS2 Curzon Street station site, Eastside, Birmingham by Robin Stott
SP0787 : Former Curzon Street station site, Eastside, Birmingham by Robin Stott
SP0887 : HS2 site  demolitions northeast of Lawley Middleway, Birmingham by Robin Stott
SP0787 : Cleared land south of Curzon Street by Robin Stott
SP0887 : West Midlands Fire Service HQ, Nechells, Birmingham by Robin Stott
SP0786 : HS2 Curzon Street station site, Birmingham  Park Street access by Robin Stott
SP0887 : Lawley Middleway and Lawford Close businesses, Vauxhall, Birmingham by Robin Stott
SP0786 : Diagram of HS2 routes and phasing, Moor Street Queensway, Birmingham by Robin Stott
SP0786 : HS2 Curzon Street station site, Eastside, Birmingham, February 2020: 3/3 by Robin Stott
SP0787 : Eastside City Park under construction, Birmingham 2012 by Robin Stott
SP0786 : Northeast on Albert Street, Birmingham by Robin Stott
SP0787 : A corner of the HS2 Curzon Street station site, Eastside, Birmingham by Robin Stott
SP0786 : HS2 Curzon Street station site, Eastside, Birmingham by Robin Stott
SP0887 : HS2 Curzon Street station site, Birmingham  the former station site by Robin Stott

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Created: Tue, 20 Aug 2019, Updated: Sun, 1 Sep 2019

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