Birmingham International railway station
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|Location||Birmingham Airport, Metropolitan Borough of Solihull|
|Managed by||Avanti West Coast|
|Transit authority||Transport for West Midlands|
|Classification||DfT category B|
|Original company||British Rail|
|26 January 1976||Opened|
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road
The station is on the Rugby–Birmingham–Stafford Line 14 km (8½ miles) east of Birmingham New Street and serves Birmingham Airport, National Exhibition Centre (incorporating the Resorts World Arena) and Resorts World Birmingham.
The station was designed by the architect Ray Moorcroft and opened on 26 January 1976, and has regular train services to many parts of the country. It was named Birmingham International after the adjacent airport which was at the time named Birmingham International Airport, but has since been rebranded as Birmingham Airport. The large space under the overbridge to the left of the southbound platforms suggests space was allowed for future expansion of the station.
The station is managed by Avanti West Coast and is also served by CrossCountry, Transport for Wales and West Midlands Trains. It has five platforms, consisting of two islands and one side platform numbered 1-5 from south to north.
The basic off-peak service is as follows:
- 2 trains per hour to London Euston
- 2 trains per hour to Birmingham New Street, of which
- 1 train per hour to Manchester Piccadilly via Macclesfield
- 1 train per hour to Bournemouth via Reading
- 1 train per hour to Shrewsbury, of which:
- 4 trains per hour to Birmingham New Street, of which:
- 2 trains call at Marston Green only, under the London Northwestern Railway brand
- 1 train starts here and calls at Marston Green, Lea Hall, Stechford and Adderley Park and continues to Rugeley Trent Valley, under the West Midlands Railway brand
- 1 train starts here and calls at Marston Green, Lea Hall and Stechford, under the West Midlands Railway brand
- 2 trains per hour to London Euston via Northampton calling at Hampton-in-Arden, Berkswell, Tile Hill, Canley and principle stations to London Euston, under the London Northwestern Railway brand
Connection to Birmingham Airport
A maglev service ran from the airport terminal to the 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 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.
Connection to the National Exhibition Centre
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. 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.
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- Jones, Tamlyn; Bannister, Antonia (30 August 2016). "Birmingham International train station to change its name". CoventryLive.
- GB eNRT, Tables 65, 66 & 68
- GB eNRT, Table 51
- GB eNRT, Tables 74 & 75
- GB eNRT, Table 68
- Department for Transport (11 March 2010). High Speed Rail - Command Paper (PDF). The Stationery Office. p. 118. ISBN 978-0-10-178272-2. Retrieved 13 March 2010.
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