Birmingham International railway station

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Birmingham International National Rail
Birmingham International
Entrance to the station
Place Birmingham Airport
Local authority Metropolitan Borough of Solihull
Coordinates 52°27′04″N 1°43′30″W / 52.451°N 1.725°W / 52.451; -1.725Coordinates: 52°27′04″N 1°43′30″W / 52.451°N 1.725°W / 52.451; -1.725
Grid reference SP187837
Station code BHI
Managed by Virgin Trains
Number of platforms 5
DfT category B
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 1.947 million
2005/06 Increase 2.201 million
2006/07 Increase 2.448 million
2007/08 Increase 2.576 million
2008/09 Increase 4.122 million
2009/10 Increase 4.228 million
2010/11 Increase 4.444 million
2011/12 Decrease 4.329 million
2012/13 Increase 4.523 million
2013/14 Increase 4.858 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE West Midlands
Zone 5
Original company British Rail
26 January 1976 Opened
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Birmingham International from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
UK Railways portal

Birmingham International is a railway station located in the borough of Solihull, just east of the city of Birmingham in England.

The station is on the Rugby-Birmingham-Stafford Line 14 km (8½ miles) east of Birmingham New Street and serves both Birmingham Airport and the National Exhibition Centre. The railway station lies next to the M42 motorway. The 'International' in its name refers to the airport, not to an international railway service, though it remains to be seen whether the name will be changed as the name of the airport no longer uses the word 'International'. The station opened on 26 January 1976[1] and has regular train services to many parts of the country.

The station is managed by Virgin Trains and is also served by CrossCountry, London Midland and Arriva Trains Wales. It has five platforms, consisting of two islands and one side platform numbered 1-5 from south to north.

The station at platform level.


The basic off-peak service is as follows:

Virgin Trains

During rush hour certain Virgin services to/from London Euston start and terminate here.


London Midland

Arriva Trains Wales

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Terminus   Arriva Trains Wales
Birmingham - Chester
  Birmingham New Street
Arriva Trains Wales
Cambrian Line
Hampton-in-Arden   London Midland
Rugby-Birmingham-Stafford Line
  Marston Green
Coventry   Virgin Trains
West Coast Main Line
  Birmingham New Street
Coventry   CrossCountry
  Birmingham New Street
Preceding station   AirRail Link   Following station
Terminus   AirRail Link   Airport Terminal

Connection to Birmingham Airport[edit]

AirRail Link people mover system showing the track and pulley system
Main article: AirRail Link

A maglev service ran from the airport terminal to the Birmingham International railway station from 1984 until 1995. The train "flew" at an altitude of 15 mm over a track 620 m in length. It operated for nearly 11 years, but was scrapped because spare parts for the system were no longer available. It was temporarily replaced by a bus.

The chosen replacement system, the DCC Doppelmayr Cable Car Cable Liner Shuttle, was announced in late 2000 and construction started in 2001. The Interchange was opened in March 2003. The system was originally known as SkyRail but in 2004 it was renamed AirRail Link.

The international airport can also be reached via a dedicated fast bus service from Coleshill Parkway station, on the Birmingham to Peterborough Line.

Connection to the National Exhibition Centre[edit]

Under cover walkways, escalators and Travelators connect the NEC buildings to the Birmingham International railway station and to the Air-Rail Link, which in turn connects to Birmingham International Airport.

High Speed 2[edit]

The proposed 'Birmingham Interchange'

A new Birmingham Interchange railway station is to be built on the other side of the M42 motorway from the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham Airport and this station.[2] The new interchange would be connected by a "rapid transit people mover" to the other sites; the AirRail Link people mover already operates between Birmingham International station and the airport.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 34. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  2. ^ Department for Transport (11 March 2010). High Speed Rail - Command Paper. The Stationery Office. p. 118. ISBN 978-0-10-178272-2. Retrieved 13 March 2010. 

External links[edit]