Birmingham New Street station redevelopment progress
BBC Correspondent Peter Plisner takes a look at New Street redevelopment
Work to redevelop Birmingham's New Street station is underway and rail chiefs have given the press a 'behind the scenes' look at progress so far.
The aim is to transform the 1960's built train station into a "modern, 21st century landmark" which will double passenger capacity.
Phase one of the development is due to be finished in 2012.
The £600 million scheme is scheduled for overall completion in 2015 and will include a new concourse.
An artists impression of the new concourse
The 'Gateway' project will also include an atrium to let light flood into the station.
Construction started in April 2010.
Tonnes of concrete
Builders are removing 7,500 tonnes of concrete with drilling, cutting and heavy lifting equipment from the old car park.
Network Rail says the impact on passengers will be kept to a minimum, train services will continue to operate and the shopping centre will remain open throughout.
Andrew Skidmore, who is scheme sponsor at Network Rail said he was sure that the city and wider region would be "very proud" of the new station.
In the emergency budget on 22 June 2010, the Chancellor George Osborne said they would "commit" to a number of "important regional transport projects" including New Street.
The Leader of Birmingham City Council, Cllr Mike Whitby, welcomed the Chancellor's words.
Cllr Whitby said: "I am delighted that George Osborne has recognised the strategic importance of the Gateway scheme and reiterated the Government's support for a project that is not only significant regionally and nationally but is also a statement about how Britain values good public transport infrastructure."
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