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Transport hub revamp work begins


Virtual reality images have been released by Network Rail

Work on a £598m project to transform New Street station in Birmingham city centre has begun.

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

In the project's first stage, workers will build a new concourse next to the station in what is currently the NCP Pallasades lower-level car park.

Network Rail has said passengers will not be affected by the work.

The 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.

The old concourse will be redeveloped during the second phase of work.

Eventually the station will have brighter and clearer platforms that are easier to reach, with 30 new escalators and 15 lifts.

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

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