New passenger facilities opened
Monday 21st October saw new enhanced passenger facilities and platforms opened at the new North-West Transport Hub in Derry~Londonderry. The new facility, planned and delivered by Translink, is a £27m investment, with funding received from the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Additional funding has been provided by the Department for Infrastructure and the Department for Transport, Tourism and Sport in the Republic of Ireland, as well as support from Derry City and Strabane District Council.

The North-West Transport Hub is located at the former Waterside Train Station, a Grade B-listed building which served as one of the city’s main stations for a century before closing in 1980. The building has been restored and repurposed for use as a 21st Century transport facility, and is intended to act as a gateway to the North-West region, as well as promoting active and sustainable travel, bringing together a wide range of transport modes and providing enhanced customer and staff facilities.

The next phase of works, including the park and ride site, enhanced public realm and bus turning circle, will complete during the summer of 2020, which will mark the completion of the project.

Renovations unveiled
Stations 158 bAfter months of renovation work to the roof and southern concourse, Leeds Station has been unveiled, showcasing its glimmering gold concourse, light-flooding vision and human circadian rhythmic lighting, something that is a first for railways.

Local Yorkshire design and engineering firm, TSP Projects worked with Network Rail to deliver architectural design and project management of this ambitious renovation programme for the southern concourse in less than one year. The work involved the reinvention of the late 1960s wooden roof and updates to the station entrance, Southern concourse retail space, ticket gateline and public WC facilities. New lighting and a gold entrance façade adds to the passenger experience, and all completed whilst the station remained open to the public 24/7.

“The opportunity to transform Leeds Station was exciting and challenging for TSP Projects and our staff displayed passion and dedication to complete on time and to the highest standard. We are delighted to have the opportunity to deliver cutting edge improvements and a station lighting scheme that is unique in the UK,” commented Craig Scott, CEO, TSP Projects.

Proposed new look revealed
Stations 158 cPlans for the rebuild of an outdated Birmingham railway station have been unveiled. As part of the wider regeneration of the area, Perry Barr railway station in Birmingham will be transformed into a welcoming, accessible and safe environment.

It will feature new lighting, CCTV coverage, new accessible toilets, covered waiting areas, live travel information screens, lifts to the platforms and a drop-off area for taxis and disabled blue badge holders.

The new building replaces the current underwhelming 1960s built station entrance squeezed between shops. There will also be improved pedestrian links to a redesigned bus interchange outside the One Stop Shopping Centre.

A new access for buses only will ease congestion, speed up pick-up and dropping off for passengers and improve journey times, including those using the proposed new Sprint rapid bus transit service between Birmingham and Walsall.

Development of the bus and rail interchange is due to take place as part of the wider £500 million regeneration of Perry Barr, which includes the Athletes Village, changes to the road network and introduction of Sprint rapid transit buses.

These are all due to be completed in time for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games when around 6500 athletes and officials from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories will be located at the Village and thousands of spectators will flock to the Alexander Stadium to watch the athletics and the official opening and closing ceremonies for the Games.

The project is being led by the West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE) and Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) in partnership with Birmingham City Council, Network Rail and West Midlands Trains.