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 set for an exciting redevelopment.

University StationUniversity Station (artist impression) courtesy of West Midlands Combined Authority

The current station, built in the 1970s and designed to cater for 400,000 passengers, is one of the busiest in the region.

However, the station is deemed no longer fit for purpose and, with a predicted increase in passenger numbers set to top 7.2 million passengers per year, the station is in need of redevelopment. 

Enhanced passenger facilities & improved connectivity for pedestrians & cyclists will be created alongside improved amenities, retail provision, wider platforms with longer canopies, heated waiting areas, and a new footbridge linking University of Birmingham campus to the station.

With a £12 million contribution from the Department for Transport, 2021 will see work commence on the new University Station, at a cost of £56 million.

University Station (artist impressions) courtesy of West Midlands Combined Authority

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

Project dates

23 Feb 2021 - On-going


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