HS2 unveils plans for “people mover” on new viaduct

Grant Prior 5 years ago
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HS2 has unveiled plans for a driver-less “people mover”connecting the new Interchange Station in Solihull with Birmingham Airport.

The 2.3km route will also have stops at Birmingham International Station, and the National Exhibition Centre.

Passengers on the six-minute trip will travel on a viaduct for the entire route which will be 12 metres off the ground at its highest point.

When fully operational, the people mover will carry up to 2,100 passengers per hour in each direction.

Mark Thurston, CEO of HS2 Ltd, said: “HS2 is about connecting the country, and the people mover is another example of how we will do that.

“This entire area in the West Midlands, and the wider regions across the UK will be able to capitalise on the connectivity that Birmingham Interchange Station brings and the people mover is an integral part of this.

“The high speed connection into Interchange Station opens up the UK Central Hub, the NEC, Birmingham International station and Birmingham Airport to new business and leisure customers who might not have chosen this area previously.

“With the airport being only six minutes from the station, it means better options for air travellers, and makes it more accessible to even more of the UK.”

HS2 is currently working to finalise the scheme design of the people mover before submitting a planning application to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

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