recieving a single letter from the forum would not be anwhere near as effective as sending him numerous personal emails surely!
Because it might provide a chance for forum members to get something done, could everyone in this thread please provide their specific complaints and concerns regarding New St, adding as much detail as possible, so that we might compile a single letter to help Mr Austin in formulating his questions?About Networkrail's latest cost cutting exercise.
According to the twitter stream Ian Austin an MP for Dudley North and former minister for the West Midlands (also a villa fan) will raise questions in parliament but needs some help. Please could you email him some details so he could generate PQs. His email address is [email protected]
It will be if it is signed by all and goes into way more detail. If you are an MP, would you prefer one document which details the argument carefully, or a dozen emails each dealing with a small part of the problem?recieving a single letter from the forum would not be anwhere near as effective as sending him numerous personal emails surely!
A list of MP's from the West Midlands:For additional info, New Street Station is in the Ladywood Ward & Constituency.
The MP is Shabana Mahmood (Web site at www.shababamahmood.org)
The Ward Councillors are:-
Sir Albert Bore - [email protected]
Kath Hartley - [email protected]
Carl Rice - [email protected]
These are the people who should be taking an active interest in this and ensuring Birmingham is not being short-changed.
This is a great idea. Djay, you seem to know your onions in this regard. Can you give us a hand, if only with the basics?^^^^ :banana::banana:
I think someone who has a deep understanding of planning should formulate a template with enough ammunition to counter any typical replies. You know what the former Birmingham mail paper delivery boy Patrick Mcloughlin will reply back with after his visit at New street station today.
Many thanks for getting in touch about this.
I appreciate your concerns about this. A redeveloped New Street Station is supposed to be an asset not just to Birmingham but to the whole region including Dudley. It’s disappointing that Network Rail is now planning to reduce the scope of the planned redevelopment.
I hope you will be pleased to hear that I have written to Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary, on your behalf. I have set out your concerns about Network Rail’s recent attempts to change the plans and asked him to address them.
I have also tabled the following Parliamentary Questions:
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had regarding the redevelopment of Birmingham New Street station.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of Network Rail’s recent application to downgrade redevelopment of the western elevation of New Street Station as set out in planning application 2014/02551/PA to Birmingham City Council.
I will be in touch as soon as I receive a response. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any other concerns or if there’s anything else I can do to help.
Many thanks and best wishes,
http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/new...perts-criticise-latest-design-changes-7029281Experts criticise latest design changes to New Street Station
Apr 24, 2014 18:30 By Neil Elkes
Latest furore surrounds a revised planning application to retain and extend the old Navigation Street footbridge over tracks and platforms on the northern side of the station
Network Rail has revised a planning application for its redevelopment of Birmingham New Street Station which would have seen the Navigation Street footbridge clad in reflective steel to match the rest of the building's new look. The new application will retain the existing bridge
Network Rail has been accused of cutting corners on the £600 million landmark New Street redevelopment after scaling back plans for the second time this year.
The latest furore surrounds a revised planning application to retain and extend the old Navigation Street footbridge over tracks and platforms on the northern side of the station.
The bridge was initially due to be replaced and clad in the curved mirror-effect stainless steel canopy which dominates the rest of the new station design.
It was revealed earlier this year that globally respected architect Alejandro Zaero-Polo had walked away from the New Street Gateway project over changes to the original design for the station’s atrium.
But while a change in material on the atrium may go unnoticed when the station opens next year, the footbridge is a major feature on the Navigation Street elevation – leading to criticism from city architecture experts.
Architect and chief executive of Millennium Point Philip Singleton said: “This follows the rather unfortunate debacle of the original architect not completing the atrium.
“That seemed to escape proper public scrutiny on a project which is supposed to delight over 30 million passengers and shoppers a year.
“If serious changes are being made now to the external appearance too, we really should be told on what grounds. Is it about making savings and dumbing down the essence of a great idea?
“This should go before the Birmingham City Council planning committee and the people of Birmingham should have a chance to comment on this change. We should be proud of the place, not apologising for it.”
Network Rail has asked for permission to retain the footbridge saying that extensive works could delay the completion of the station by months or lead to the closure of the track for a period.
An application has been submitted to the city council’s planning department and is out for public consultation until May 22.
On his Birmingham Central blog, regeneration blogger Simon Felton said: “I find these proposals a little disheartening against the exciting vision we saw in the original design.
“Whether, if this application is approved, visitors and future residents will wonder why they didn’t finish the plan is a question only hindsight and time will tell.”
Network Rail has stated that the installation of extensive stainless steel cladding over an operational railway is “impractical” – given that work could only take place for a few hours at night.
New Street rail station as seen from above
A Network Rail spokesman said: “Birmingham City Council’s planning committee is currently looking at amended designs for the Navigation Street footbridge.
“The footbridge was not part of the original planning application in 2006, but was added in 2009 and it is this design which has been altered to avoid adding months onto the construction programme plus extended closures to the railway which would cause a large amount of disruption to the travelling public.
“The redevelopment of Birmingham New Street will give Birmingham a station fit for Britain’s second city and transform the passenger experience for the thousands of people who use New Street every day.”
The new plans were revealed in the week that Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin visited to the construction site to check on progress.
Mr McLoughlin said: “I believe the improvements will be very good for Birmingham. It will almost be a destination in its own right.
“There will also be improvements in capacity so that more people can use the station.
“A key part of this government’s long-term economic plan is investing in world class infrastructure. That is why we are putting record amounts of government funding into our railways over the next five years.”
He added that the transformation is all the more remarkable because the station has remained open throughout.
Mr McLoughlin also highlighted a £16 billion investment in HS2 over the next five years. Asked about why the project will take until 2026 to be completed, Mr McLoughlin said he is being lobbied from both sides – those who want it sooner and those who want it stopped.
“We have got to get it right, plan it carefully and look at the environmental considerations. It opens in Birmingham in 12 years’ time and that is not a huge amount of time for a project on that scale.”