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Next stage of Birmingham New Street station work begins

Drawing of atrium view
The new concourse will be three times larger than the current one

Work is beginning on the next stage of a £595m project to transform Birmingham New Street station.

Network Rail is upgrading platform one, which is the first piece of work to start in the main part of the station.

Part of the station is still without power after water got into the electrics on Friday.

A Network Rail spokesman said trains, information boards and ticket machines were operating again but shops on the concourse were closed.

Three large generators have been installed to power information boards and machines after Friday evening's incident left the station without power.

Escalators off

Lifts are working once more although escalators are not, to conserve power, the spokesman said.

He added that the power shortage was not caused by the redevelopment but by contractors working in a toilet block.

The revamp work, which began in September, will see platforms taken out of use one-by-one, but Network Rail said all services will run as planned.

The New Street Gateway Project aims to replace the 1960s-built station with a "landmark, 21st Century transport hub".

A new concourse, expected to be more than three times bigger than the present one and enclosed by a light-filled atrium, is expected to open in 2012.

Network Rail is funding the project along with the city council, government agency Advantage West Midlands and Centro.

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