Bolt-on fix for New Street 'eyesore'

"BIRMINGHAM’S New Street Station will not be demolished when work on a £600 million makeover gets under way, it has emerged. In order to save money and keep disruption to passengers at a minimum, it has been decided to bolt on a stainless steel and glass façade to hide the existing 1960s grim concrete walls."

Proof of what we've all suspected, it's cosmetic. [link]

2 comments for “Bolt-on fix for New Street 'eyesore'

  1. Beaverman33
    26 November 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Grrrrrrr. I'm getting annoyed by all of this!!! The phrase complete waste of time and money springs to mind. New Street needs bulldozing not lipstick!

  2. paulashton
    26 November 2009 at 4:29 pm

    This is no surprise to me, but what seems to be ignored is the possibility of a new station out on the east side to serve the planned high speed rail and then link passengers to the city center at New Street. Such a plan has been proposed.

    As one old enough to remember the original twin stations at New Street, the 1960s track design was a great improvement. The bottleneck is not within the station but at the London end where there are only four tracks. When the Bull Ring/Bullring was rebuilt (both times) the tunnel underneath could have been widened. But it wasn't. Therein lies the problem.

    And, just to consider, the new St. Pancras International received a similar makeover!!!

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