Stakeholders inject £27.5m into Curzon Metro stop

Midland Metro and Curzon Eastside

A £27.5m funding package has been committed to support the construction of a new Midland Metro stop at the proposed HS2 station at Birmingham Curzon.

The work marks an important next stage in the delivery of Birmingham City Council’s Curzon Masterplan (2015) and Curzon Investment Plan (2016).

The documents set out how the growth and regeneration opportunities around the new HS2 city centre station can be unlocked.

Key to delivering this growth are five steps, dubbed Big Moves, devised to integrate Birmingham Curzon station into the city centre to ensure it delivers on promises to be a catalyst for the regeneration of the city’s Eastside.

Working in partnership with HS2 Ltd, which will select the team to design the new Birmingham Curzon station from 2018, the five Big Moves include:

• A station design to create a landmark building and arrival gateway at Birmingham Curzon
• Paternoster Place – A wide pedestrian bridge over the West Coast Mainline linking into Digbeth
• Curzon Promenade and Curzon Square
• Station Square and Moor Street Queensway – a scheme to create the impression of one mega-station, with pedestrian links to New Street Station and the city centre beyond
• Curzon Station Metro stop, which will form part of the extension to the city centre into Digbeth. This is expected to be operational by 2023

Cllr Ian Ward, Interim Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “This is another significant and exciting step towards realising ambitions for Birmingham and the wider region to make the most of the huge potential offered by HS2.

“Birmingham Curzon station will further develop the city’s position as a world-class destination and this work is the start of plans to make sure that the station is a catalyst for inclusive economic growth.”

The Curzon regeneration project is being delivered collaboratively by HS2 Ltd, Birmingham City Council and the West Midlands Combined Authority, which is committing £18.5m of funding to deliver the Metro stop at the new HS2 station.

The city centre Enterprise Zone, through the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP has also contributed £9.56m towards the Metro stop and station scheme.

Mayor Andy Street added: “HS2 is the catalyst for Metro extensions, railway lines being reopened and cycling and walking investment.

“This funding from the WMCA will be vital in linking the Metro to HS2 as well as continuing the transformation of this part of the city centre.”