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Current Connectivity

Situated at the heart of the UK’s motorway and rail network, half the UK’s population lies within two hours and 90% within a four-hour travel time of the region.

  • £1.3 billion was invested in road, rail and air networks in 2015 making our hub even more efficient
  • Connected to over 400 million people across Europe, further planned transport infrastructure projects for high-speed rail, road and aviation will ensure the city’s connections remain world-class

Road

  • The motorways – M6, M42, M54 and M5 – service the city from all directions connecting you to all major UK cities effectively
  • There are over 24,000 well signed parking spaces in the city centre alone

Rail

  • Birmingham’s three mainline stations with Birmingham New Street being the busiest station outside of London. Birmingham International station serves the airport and the National Exhibition Centre – and over 100 towns and cities
  • There are 114 services to London daily, with the fastest journey time of just over 70 minutes. When High Speed 2 rail network comes on tap the journey to London will be less than 45 minutes
  • There are also high speed services to Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Glasgow
  • Over 1,350 trains use Birmingham New Street each day, moving nearly 34.75 million passengers annually
  • A £600 million redevelopment was recently undergone at New Street Station  with annual passenger capacity now increased to 52 million a year 
  • Birmingham is also served by a light rail system which has seen a £129 million extension through the city centre. 

Air

  • Birmingham Airport already serves 9 million passengers a year – this will triple by 2030
  • 44 airlines serving more than 140 routes worldwide, including daily departures to New York Newark Airport plus twice daily services to Dubai
  • Manchester and Heathrow Airports are within a two hour drive, opening up easy access to additional destinations

“Unlike other UK airports, Birmingham is in a unique position to grow in size straight away. We could literally double the number of passengers through the airport tomorrow and the runway extension will give us the capacity to handle 36 million passengers a year.” – Paul Kehoe , CEO, BHX.