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New Street Station

Volume 404: debated on Monday 28 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on improving the capacity at New Street rail station in Birmingham. [109671]

The Strategic Rail Authority's (SRA) West Midlands Capacity Study recommended various enhancements that could proceed in two phases, including capacity improvements at Birmingham New Street station. Phase 1 of the study includes a proposal for the provision of two additional platforms at the station. Feasibility work on Phase 1 has already commenced. The terms of reference for Phase 2 are still being finalised. The SRA, working with local interests, expect to complete this work by the end of this year.