HS2 unveils designs for automated people mover in Birmingham


HS2 has unveiled designs for a new automated people mover that will connect the Interchange Station with new stops at Birmingham Airport, Birmingham International Station, and the National Exhibition Centre (NEC).

The new system is claimed to offer fast and frequent transport connection between HS2’s new Interchange Station in Solihull, through to Birmingham Airport in six minutes.

When fully operational, the people mover will carry up to 2,100 passengers per hour in each direction.

HS2, the company responsible for developing the UK's new high speed rail network, has been working closely with the Urban Growth Company (UGC) in Solihull to have extra design elements that will support wider growth plans at the UK Central Hub.

The design elements will include the modification of the alignment of the people mover as part of a major redevelopment at Birmingham International Station to create a new, multi-modal transport exchange.

The 20m-long people mover vehicles will start from each stop every three minutes. They will pick up passengers from Interchange Station, and then travel 2.3km across an elevated viaduct stopping at Birmingham International Railway Station, the National Exhibition Centre, before reaching Birmingham Airport.

The viaduct will be 12m above the ground at its highest point and the three stops will be fully accessible and will use colour to provide clear wayfinding for passengers along with providing information screens and audio announcements offer liver journey updates.

Upon completion, the automated people mover will provide better connections to key leisure and business locations like Resorts World, The NEC and Birmingham Airport.

HS2 CEO Mark Thurston said: “HS2 is about connecting the country, and the people mover is another example of how we will do that.

“The high speed connection into Interchange Station opens up the UK Central Hub, the NEC, Birmingham International station and Birmingham Airport to new business and leisure customers who might not have chosen this area previously.

“With the airport being only 6 minutes from the station, it means better options for air travellers, and makes it more accessible to even more of the UK.”

Urban Growth Company managing director Jonathan Bretherton said: “The APM will be a vital and exciting link, connecting HS2 and the Arden Cross site to the NEC and Birmingham Airport, making the whole area easily navigable for those choosing to live, work or play here.

“Our work to coordinate the views of local stakeholders will continue to ensure that the final APM design fully supports the economic growth we are predicting here.

“In particular, our planned redevelopment of Birmingham International Station to accommodate a realigned APM, will make sure the Interchange Station is fully connected to the local and regional transport network.”


Image: The People Mover will provide better connections to key leisure and business locations like Resorts World, The NEC and Birmingham Airport. Photo: Courtesy of Crown copyright.

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