SP0787 : Curzon Street site awaiting HS2

taken 3 years ago, near to Birmingham, Great Britain

Curzon Street site awaiting HS2
Curzon Street site awaiting HS2
The site of the original Curzon Street station, currently cleared apart from the one historic building, and awaiting the coming of High Speed Two. SP0787 : Curzon Street Station, Birmingham shows some of the buildings on the site nearly 40 years earlier and SP0787 : Cleared land south of Curzon Street shows a ground level view.

The large St George's flag on a building in the background would probably have been hung for the 2018 World Cup, which had recently finished with England being knocked out in the semi-final.
HS2 in and around Birmingham

HS2 is the second high-speed rail line in Great Britain, between London and Birmingham and beyond. In 2019 the site of the Birmingham terminus, Curzon Street Station, has been fenced and works have begun.

The huge Curzon Street site, long-vacant, has been home to railway stations before. In the 1830s railway companies had built lines from Liverpool, Derby and Gloucester into Birmingham, each with its own terminus. Not until 1838 did the London and Birmingham Railway open Curzon Street station to receive its trains from Euston. It soon became an interchange station although disadvantaged by its distance from the heart of the town. In the 1840s new companies competed to introduce new routes, particularly north-south and northeast-southwest services via Birmingham.

"A significant proportion of Birmingham's railway network dates from this time. With this certainty came two realisations: first, that a good and convenient railway system was the key to prosperity, and second, that Birmingham deserved something far better than having its stations tucked away on the periphery. A bold plan was therefore evolved [by the newly-formed London and North Western Railway Company (L&NWR) supported by the town's Street Commissioners] to create a 'grand central station'". They and the other companies extended and connected their lines into the new station which opened in 1854 as Birmingham New Street. It was an immediate success as services were diverted to it; Curzon Street closed to regular passenger trains within a month but its goods yard developed massively in subsequent years.

to be continued

Further reading: Richard Foster. Birmingham New Street, the story of a great station including Curzon Street (4 volumes). 1: Background and Beginnings, the years up to 1860. Didcot: Wild Swan Publications, 1990. ISBN 0 906867 78 9

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Date Taken
Monday, 16 July, 2018   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 21 July, 2018
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Railways  Construction, Development 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 078 870 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:28.8900N 1:53.1858W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 078 869
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