First images of Birmingham New Street concourse

Passengers have been given a sneak preview of Birmingham New Street’s new concourse after a selection of special volunteers were allowed behind the scenes.

More than 200 volunteers were invited to New Street, which will partially open on April 28, to test out the facilities including the new ticket office, wayfinding signs and the ease of access to platforms.

The team working to get the station and staff operationally ready for the opening of the new concourse on 28 April is being lead by Mark Bennett, project manager for Network Rail.

Mark Bennett, who is managing New Street’s reopening, said: “The trial has been an incredibly worthwhile exercise and a fantastic opportunity for all involved.

“We’ve committed to keeping New Street station open to passengers throughout the redevelopment and to date we’ve been doing most of our work behind the scenes, so it’s been great to invite people in to show what we’ve been working on since 2010.”

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