Station work(s)

Work continues on New Street Station's redevelopment with work on platform 1 nearing completion. The platform is due for completion by the end of December ready for reopening early 2011 with work moving onto the next platform, platform 12, afterwards.

Work on platform 1

The move to plaform 12 will follow the extension of the Navigation Street bridge to Platform 12 during the Christmas blockade, Bridging the (rail) line.

Project engineers are making use of the traditional two-day Christmas shutdown of the rail network to remove a substandard section of what’s called the Navigation Street footbridge. Montgomery says: ‘At Christmas, we’ll be using a 700-tonne crane to remove part of the existing bridge then lift in two new bridge spans. We can only complete a project on this scale when no trains are running, which is why we’ll be doing the work on Christmas Day and Boxing Day when the rail network, and New Street, are closed to passengers.’

The refurbished bridge will allow access to all 12 of New Street’s platforms for the first time and create a new station entrance on Hill Street, improving access to the station from the south side of the city.

Work also continues on the former car park level, shown in the photos below from the 27 November 2010, with the concrete removal project due to be complete by December 2010. Preparation is also underway for work to start the end of 2010 on the demolition of Stephenson Tower, Tower gives way for New Street redevelopment.

To safely demolish the tower, whose foundations are tied into the station structure, and remove the large volume of rubble it will be deconstructed slowly with work expected to be completed by summer 2011.

To complete the demolition safely, the project team will construct a tower crane and encapsulate the structure in scaffolding. The work is expected to be complete next summer.

Work is also moving on structural works to the old NCP car park entrance on Stephenson Street, adjacent to the Navigation Street entrance to the station, where engineers are demolishing and rebuilding the old car park entrance. The half road closure will be from 1900 on Thursday 30 September for 16 weeks until 0600 on Monday 13 December 2010.

Work taking place behind the hoarding is shown below:

While all this work is taking place the station continues to operate. To avoid lots of materials and waste being transported by lorry the railway itself is used to transport materials.

Project planners have built a logistics depot at the nearby Bordesley sidings. Twice a week, a train travels into New Street to deliver equipment and material. Montgomery says: ‘At the same time, another train comes back in the other direction with waste material. We will use this system throughout the project and it will greatly reduce the impact of construction on the streets of Birmingham.


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