Major lift overhaul at Birmingham International

An Avanti West Coast Class 390 Pendolino waits at Birmingham International station

Birmingham International station, which sits on the Rugby-Birmingham-Stafford section of the West Coast main line alongside Birmingham Airport and the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), is to have a major overhaul of its passenger lifts.

Opened in 1976, the station is now 44 years old. Starting on Monday 24 August 2020, lifts across all five platforms will have parts replaced, with the work lasting until November 2020. Work will start on Platforms 4 and 5, followed by the lifts on Platforms 3 and 2 and finally on Platform 1.

Tom Wadsworth, Network Rail.

Additional staff will be on hand to help passengers with heavy luggage while the lifts are out of action. Passengers needing wheelchair assistance are urged to book in advance. 

Tom Wadsworth, senior asset engineer from Network Rail, said: “Replacing essential parts of the lifts at Birmingham International station will help keep them safe and operational for many years.

“We understand the lift upgrade may cause some inconvenience, but we are working closely with station operator, Avanti West Coast, to minimise this as much as possible. I thank passengers for their patience while we make these vital improvements.”

Rebecca Stone, Avanti West Coast.

Rebecca Stone, Avanti West Coast station manager at Birmingham International, said: “There is an opportunity to carry out necessary work with fewer people travelling.

“Our team will be on hand to help those customers in need of extra help.”

Passengers who may need assistance are being advised to allow extra time for their journeys and to plan ahead.

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