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Infrastructure

Our groundbreaking infrastructure delivers physical and technological connectivity. With an exceptional road, rail and air system that’s built for business, we are also at the forefront of the digital revolution and uniquely accessible to the UK and the wider world.

Sustainable plans

Birmingham champions the use of innovative products and practices to lower the city’s carbon footprint at a reasonable cost. The city is already ahead of its CO2 reduction targets, with a strategy successfully underway to reduce CO2 emissions by 60% come 2026.

Key developments for our city

  • World-class property developments include the iconic £600 million New Street Station completed in 2015 and the landmark Library of Birmingham which opened in September 2013.
  • The Metro network is receiving a £130m investment, the city bus interchange is receiving £12m and superfast broadband has attracted £10m investment to the city.
  • With connectivity high on the city’s agenda, work is in place for the £200 million expansion of Birmingham Airport as well as the approved £50 billion High Speed rail link in Birmingham’s Eastside, an area undergoing its own multi-billion pound regeneration.

Transport

  • Connecting people, places, businesses and markets is our focus for the future. 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.
  • The proposed West Midlands Combined Authority Devolution Agreement sets out £5bn of transport investment over ten years as part of an overall £8bn ten year Combined Authority Investment Plan.
  • We have further planned transport infrastructure projects for high-speed rail, road and aviation, enabling us to connect even more seamlessly with the rest of the country and the world.

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 has three mainline stations, with the newly refurbished Birmingham New Street being the busiest station outside of London. Birmingham International station serves the airport, 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. With High Speed 2 rail network, the journey to London will be less than 45 minutes.
  • A £600 million redevelopment has transformed Birmingham New Street Station with an annual passenger capacity of 52 million a year.
  • Birmingham is also served by a light rail system which saw a £129 million extension through the city centre in 2015.
  • Birmingham is currently at the centre of a £56 billion high speed rail project, generating £10 billion worth of supply chain contracts

Air

  • Birmingham Airport already serves 11 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 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.