Yesterday, (Sunday 20 September), the revamped New Street Station opened successfully and delighted the many people who came especially to see it.With an all out effort in past weeks and an overnight final push on Saturday, the 3000 strong construction team pulled off a gigantic success by completing the internal fabric of the building and very largely the outside as well and clearing the surrounding roads of construction equipment and materials. Most of the shops and restaurants at ground level also opened for business.
To describe the station as impressive is a massive understatement! The vast open spaces decorated white and very well lit are a world away from the old station. The crowning glory is the central Atrium with its transparent roof supplying copious daylight to provide almost an outdoor experience and a very enjoyable place to sit and wait for a train or just to take in the atmosphere and eat and shop.
At balcony level in the main concourse is the new Grand Central shopping centre and the internal entrance to the new adjoining John Lewis store both of which open at 10 am next Thursday. This is sure to see a large number of curious visitors from greater Birmingham.
Below is a gallery of photos I took of the station yesterday.
See my article on the situation two days prior to the opening.
Article by Geoff Caine
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