Mott MacDonald, in association with Grimshaw Architects, have been commissioned by Solihull Council in partnership with West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority (ITA), Birmingham Airport and the NEC to examine how to best deliver transport connections between the airport, Birmingham International Station, the NEC and the new HS2 Interchange Station.
The results of these finding may become the first key pieces of infrastructure to come on the back of the proposed High Speed 2 Interchange Station in Solihull.
It is envisaged the project will see the creation of a new integrated public transport hub that will enable people to travel seamlessly along links between Birmingham Airport, the NEC, Genting Arena and the Genting Resorts World complex.
Over ten million passengers use Birmingham Airport ever year, while the NEC and Resorts World sees more than six million people visit over the same period. It is predicted that the HS2 Interchange Station will have a daily number of 20,000 people using its facilities.
The new hub will link up with the HS2 Automated People Mover to transfer onto the mainline rail network and tram services through North Solihull to Birmingham City Centre, improving access for people on their travels.
Ashley Taylor Mott MacDonald’s Divisional Director leading the Birmingham office said: “We’re delighted to be involved in this landmark project for Solihull that will improve critical transport links in the region and help capture inward investment as a result of HS2.
“We are excited to help solve the complex technical challenges this project presents, while recognising the huge benefits it will bring for our staff that live or work in the region. We’ve been active in the West Midlands for over 50 years and have over 250 staff working in our West Midlands offices.”
Councillor Ted Richards, Cabinet Member for Transport at Solihull Council, said: “This is a crucial project that will promote transport connections between the new HS2 station and Birmingham Airport. It will be a truly significant piece of infrastructure that will transform the passenger and visitor experience.”