University Station at the University of Birmingham

University Station opened in 1978 and continues to serve the University of Birmingham and QEHB. With passenger numbers set to rise, University Station is undergoing an exciting redevelopment.


UNIVERSITY STATION

Vincent Drive, Edgbaston

Birmingham, B15 2TT

Artists Impression from Associated Architects.

 

Partner(s): West Midlands Combined Authority/ West Midlands Railway Executive/ University of Birmingham

Architect: Associated Architects

Contractor: Volkerfitzpatrick

Enquiries: TBD

 

In brief

Creation of a new £56 million University railway station.

With the station stretched to capacity as one of the busiest in the region and, with growth estimated to rise in the next twenty years, the decision was taken to replace the existing station to provide enhanced passenger facilities and improved connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists.

The station, which will keep its existing exit to provide a safe, fluid flow through the site, will facilitate wider platforms with longer canopies, heated waiting areas, improved amenities, retail, and changing areas.

A new passenger footbridge will also be constructed over the Worcester & Birmingham Canal, seamlessly linking with University of Birmingham campus to the station and beyond – offering fluid access for thousands of passengers per day.

With a new spacious forecourt in front of the station providing dedicated pick up/drop off points, an area for approx. 20 cycles will be positioned in the new area of public open space on the station approach.

Artists Impression from Associated Architects.

Artists Impression from Associated Architects.

History of University Station

University Station was opened in 1978 on the Cross City Line, by the then Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt. Hon. William Rodgers PC. MP. during May 1978. The Birmingham Civic Society awarded the Forward Prize 1978 to the West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive for their outstanding service to the citizens of Birmingham in creating the Cross City Line.

University Station plaquesPlaques at University Station (May 2016). Photography by Elliott Brown

It is located a short distance away from the old Somerset Road Station (which closed in the 1930s) at the Westgate. It was built close to the site of Metchley Roman Fort.

University StationUniversity Station (January 2013). Photography by Elliott Brown

The Cross City line was electrified in 1993, and the current Class 323 Electric Multiple Unit trains were introduced into service by British Railways.

After privatisation of the railway, Central Trains ran the station from 1997 to 2007, followed by London Midland from 2007 to 2017. The current franchise operator West Midlands Railway has been running the station since the end of 2017.

University StationLondon Midland 323208 at University Station (July 2017). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

CONSTRUCTION

May 2021 - 

Work has started in 2021 at University Station. It is visible from the Worcester & Birmingham Canal, as well as from New Fosse Way and Vincent Drive at the University of Birmingham.

University Station

University Station

University Station

University StationRedevelopment of University Station (May 2021). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

AUGUST 2021 - 

Into mid to late summer, the structure is rising at Vincent Drive, and opposite at Westgate; while trains continue to use the 1978 station.

University Station

University Station

University Station

University StationRedevelopment of University Station (August 2021). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

December 2021 - 

A new footbridge was installed over the Cross City Line during the autumn of 2021. Work continues at the station between the Christmas and New Year period.

University Station

University Station

University Station

University Station

University Station

University StationRedevelopment of University Station (December 2021). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

May 2022 -

The new build isn't quite finished yet, but you can see it from the platforms of the old University Station.

University Station

University Station

University Station

University Station

University Station

University Station

University Station

University StationRedevelopment of University Station (May 2022). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

June 2022 -

With a month to go until the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, it doesn't look like the new University Station will be completed by then, and they will have to continue to use the old station.

University Station

University Station

University Station

University Station

University StationRedevelopment of University Station (June 2022). Photography by Elliott Brown

Project dates

23 Feb 2021 - On-going

Passions

Transport, Modern Architecture

Contact

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