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Birmingham International railway station

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Birmingham International is a railway station located in Solihull in the West Midlands, to the east of the city of Birmingham, England

The station is on the Rugby–Birmingham–Stafford Line 14 km 8½ miles east of Birmingham New Street and serves both Birmingham Airport and the National Exhibition Centre

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Services
  • 3 Connection to Birmingham Airport
  • 4 Connection to the National Exhibition Centre
  • 5 Birmingham interchange
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Historyedit

The station was designed by the architect Ray Moorcroft and opened on 26 January 19761 and has regular train services to many parts of the country It was named Birmingham International after the adjacent airport which was at the time named Birmingham International Airport, but has since been rebranded as Birmingham Airport

Servicesedit

The station is managed by Virgin Trains and is also served by Arriva Trains Wales, CrossCountry and London Midland It has five platforms, consisting of two islands and one side platform numbered 1-5 from south to north

The station at platform level

The basic off-peak service is as follows:

Virgin Trains2

  • 3 trains per hour to London Euston
  • 2 trains per hour to Birmingham New Street
  • 1 train per hour to Glasgow Central/Edinburgh Waverley alternating each hour via Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton
  • 2 trains per day to Shrewsbury

During rush hour certain Virgin services to/from London Euston start and terminate here

Arriva Trains Wales3

  • 1 train per hour to Shrewsbury, of which:
    • 1 train per two hours continues to Aberystwyth and Pwllheli after dividing at Machynlleth
    • 1 train per two hours continues to Holyhead via Wrexham General and Chester

CrossCountry4

  • 1 train per hour to Manchester Piccadilly
  • 1 train per hour to Bournemouth via Reading

London Midland5

  • 4 trains per hour to Birmingham New Street
  • 3 trains per hour to London Euston via Northampton
Preceding station National Rail Following station
Terminus   Arriva Trains Wales
Birmingham - Chester
  Birmingham New Street
  Arriva Trains Wales
Cambrian Line
 
Hampton-in-Arden or Berkswell   London Midland
Rugby-Birmingham-Stafford Line
  Marston Green
Coventry   Virgin Trains
West Coast Main Line
  Birmingham New Street
Coventry   CrossCountry
Bournemouth-Manchester
  Birmingham New Street
Preceding station   AirRail Link   Following station
Terminus   AirRail Link Formerly Maglev   Airport Terminal

Connection to Birmingham Airportedit

AirRail Link people mover system showing the track and pulley system Main article: AirRail Link

A maglev service ran from the airport terminal to the station from 1984 until 1995 The train "flew" at an altitude of 15 mm over a track 620 m in length It operated for nearly 11 years, but was scrapped because spare parts for the system were no longer available It was temporarily replaced by a bus

The chosen replacement system, the DCC Doppelmayr Cable Car Cable Liner Shuttle, was announced in late 2000 and construction started in 2001 The Interchange was opened in March 2003 The system was originally known as SkyRail but in 2004 it was renamed AirRail Link

The airport can also be reached via a dedicated fast bus service from Coleshill Parkway station, on the Birmingham to Peterborough Line

Connection to the National Exhibition Centreedit

Under cover walkways, escalators and Travelators connect the NEC buildings to the station and to the Air-Rail Link, which in turn connects to Birmingham Airport

Birmingham interchangeedit

The proposed 'Birmingham Interchange'

A new Birmingham Interchange railway station is to be built on the other side of the M42 motorway from the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham Airport and this station6 The new interchange would be connected by a "rapid transit people mover" to the other sites; the AirRail Link people mover already operates between Birmingham International station and the airport

Referencesedit

  1. ^ Butt, RVJ 1995 The Directory of Railway Stations Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd p 34 ISBN 1-85260-508-1 R508 
  2. ^ GB eNRT, Tables 65, 66 & 68
  3. ^ GB eNRT, Tables 74 & 75
  4. ^ GB eNRT, Table 51
  5. ^ GB eNRT, Table 68
  6. ^ Department for Transport 11 March 2010 High Speed Rail - Command Paper PDF The Stationery Office p 118 ISBN 978-0-10-178272-2 Retrieved 13 March 2010 

External linksedit

  • Rail Around Birmingham and the West Midlands: Birmingham International station

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