Then and now: It’s all change at Birmingham New Street station

Author: Stacey BarnfieldPublished:

All change! These aerial images show how New Street station has been transformed from the 1960s development to today’s stunning building.

The Queen officially reopened the New Street building and Grand Central complex on Thursday November 19.

Accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, Her Majesty unveiled a plaque marking her visit – the first to New Street in her 62-year reign and her first visit to the city since her Diamond Jubilee tour in 2012.

The new station, including the new Grand Central shopping complex and John Lewis store, was unveiled in September after a five-year, £750 million Network Rail project.

New Street station

The Queen at New Street station

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were greeted by a host of dignitaries – including Sir Peter Hendy, chairman of Network Rail and Mark Carne, chief executive of Network Rail – after arriving at the station on the Royal Train.

They were shown an exhibition of the station through the ages since it was first built in the 1880s and were introduced to many of those involved in building the latest incarnation.

The Queen and Duke’s visit was broadcast on the station’s largest ‘media eye’ at the front of the station for the public to watch while many also gathered inside.

Boasting an iconic new atrium over a huge passenger concourse – five times the size of London Euston’s – the station has been rebuilt while trains continued to run as normal for the 170,000 passengers a day who use it.

The new station will eventually feature 43 shops at concourse level. Above it sits the new Grand Central shopping complex, including one of the UK’s largest John Lewis department stores.

Pictures: Network Rail press office