The key partners behind the New Street Station scheme today welcomed the
announcement by the Department for Transport (DfT) to give the green
light to Network Rail’s �128 million contribution to the Gateway
project, the first of 3 tranches of funding required.
Whitby, Chairman of the Steering Committee which is overseeing the
scheme, urged the Government to make a swift decision on the two
outstanding applications for funds, which are required to allow the �550
million project to go ahead.
He said “This is good news for
Birmingham. The redevelopment of New Street Station is one of the vital
components in our plans for a �10 billion transformation of Birmingham
City Centre over the next 10 years. Today's announcement is positive
news and we can now begin to see the key elements of this complex
project fitting together.
"The redevelopment of New Street is
essential for Birmingham. To be a global city we must have world-class
transport infrastructure that serves both our visitors and the local
"We warmly welcome today's announcement, but it is
only a third of what we require. I shall continue to maintain the
pressure on Government to deliver what they have promised us - a station
fit for the 21st century city.
"I am confident of further
announcements later in the year which will enable the Steering Group to
push ahead with our ambitious plans so we can play our role in the
nation's growth agenda. In order to deliver the scheme it is essential
that all the funding is secured, as quickly as possible."
Edwards, Chief Executive of Advantage West Midlands, said:
future prosperity of the West Midlands economy will be helped enormously
by Birmingham having a station which creates the right first impression
for the region. We have assessed plans for New Street and the Gateway
scheme is one of the better solutions that will unlock the regional
economy and drive growth still further. We welcome the announcement of
this first tranche of funding."
Cllr Gary Clarke, Chairman
of Centro-WMPTA said:
"The region’s rail network carries 33
million passengers a year, and is also the hub of the UK network. It is
vital to both the regional and UK economy. It is essential that New
Street is transformed, and we support the Governments decision to back
Gateway in its High Level Output Statement."
Chambers, Programme Director for New Street at Network Rail, added:
year more people use New Street Station than Gatwick – equating to twice
as many as originally planned. Network Rail has made redeveloping New
Street station a top priority in our plans for the national rail
network, and we welcome the Government's commitment to this vital
project. The Gateway scheme will unlock growth at New Street and offer
passengers the kind of facilities they deserve."