There are 2 parts to Moor Street Station. There are 2 through platforms,coming south towards London, and now a new terminal with 3 platforms.
April 2003 The same group of financiers, who paid for the new Bull Ring, have together with the Chiltern Railway Company restored the original Edwardian Station with its 3 platforms. Quess what? Network-Rail now cannot afford to connect them up to the mainline until 2005 or 2006. How crazy can you get? !!! [Postscript 5.5.2004 Work will now be put off by Network Rail until 2007!!!]
10.8.03 In the meantime, so that the finished platforms look better, an old steam engine has been restored and craned in to stand in one of the platforms. The engine is the old Great Western freight engine 2885 which has been cosmetically restored by the Tysley Railway Centre for use as a static display for about 3 years then it will be moved back to Tyseley and it will be restored into a fully working locomotive.
29.9.03 Work will start on phase 2 of the Moor Street project early in 2004 when the facade of the old goods office will be used to create a wine bar.
2.10.03 On my recent visit to Moor Street the new station was not quite finished but the booking office, forecourt, entrance through to platform 2 on the through platform, and the toilets were all open and operational. The view of the new station, from the Selfridges covered walkway to the multistorey car park, is particularly good.
Jan 2004 I had a look at one of the posters on the restored concourse which said that they were going to restore one of the Edwardian Clocks for the concourse and replace the awnings on the 2 through platforms with copies of the original ones. It really is going to be a credit to Chiltern Railways and enhance what was a bit of a run down area.
26.9.03 Virgin Trains opened their latest 125mph train service today. The service from Birmingham to Sheffield joins an expanding network of 125mph lines. Virgin now run from Birmingham to Stafford via Wolverhampton at 125mph this was to be extended to Stoke-on-Trent on 1.10.03 but this has been delayed by at least a week. The service to London Euston will soon join the 125 club
The maximum speed of the service to Reading has now been increased 110 mph.
From 20.12.03 Virgin will start to run some of their new electric Pendlino trains on the Euston to Birmingham service. These are the new 140mph tilting trains, but initially they will not be exceeding 125mph.
23rd July 2002 Virgin's service from Birmingham International to Manchester began using their brand new 'Pandolino' tilting trains, which can reach up to 140mph. Virgin have bought 53 of these trains at a cost of £1.2 billion. They continue to provide a service to Glasgow using their new Voyager trains capable of running at 125mph but the track is not suitable for the new 'Pandolino''s.
From May 2003 Virgin are withdrawing their service Birmingham to Liverpool to be replaced with an hourly service by Central Trains using a new supershuttle train.
26th May 2002 Virgin trains provide a fast 2+ times per hour service between London and Wolverhampton.
Silver Link provide a stopping service from Birmingham New Street to London Euston.
Centro and Central provide lots of other local services and from October 2001 they increased the service from New Street to Wolverhampton and Coventry in the evenings to half hourly upto about midnight.
17th Jun 2003 The Government has announced that the track will be ready from mid-October 2003 for Virgin the run their trains 4 times an hour at 125mph reducing the service time to London by 20 mins. I do not know, yet, when the new timetables will be introduced - Jan, May or September 2004 because it's going to involve all the railway companies that use New Street.
New Street Station was recently flagged as the main bottleneck in the whole UK rail system. In spite of Manchester and Leeds being given many millions of pounds to sort their central stations out (with, I hasten to add, much lesser populations compared to Birmingham), the government has been singularly unforthcoming with any amount of funding to help sort this out. Fairly typical of the government's attitude to Birmingham, but I digress. In spite of this, Birmingham is well served by trains. It has 3 central stations: New Street (the big one), Moor Street (the redeveloped one) and Snow Street (the small one). The chances are that you will come into New Street, although you can get trains from London to Moor Street and Snow Hill. Please don't judge our city on New Street Station. Must Brummies hate it with a passion and wish that we had the money to do something about it. As I said, the government is not very forthcoming in that department. There are three exits from New Street: One dumps you in the Pallasades Shopping Centre - a tired old animal that could do with demolishing; One dumps you out by the New Bull Ring Shopping Centre; the final one is something of a lesser exit, which drops you out by Navigation Street - handy for accessing the Mailbox.
Moor Street has recenlty been redeveloped and is looking great, but in spite of that, the renovated part won't be connected to the main rail network for another couple of years... madness. In fact, the only train to arrive until then is a museum piece that they are putting on display there, which is going to turn up by crane anyway!
Snow Hill is a functional station and that's about it. You can get the Midland Metro here to visit the Black Country.
Birmingham is the centre of the English railway system with Birmingham New Street being the busiest station in England in terms of both the number of trains and passenger numbers passing through the station. It handles about 80 per cent of the daily total services to Birmingham. There are also numerous suburban stations.
In the City Centre walk. There are plenty of buses. Use the trains for locations near the suburban stations. Parking places are becoming increasingly expensive.
There is a good connection with the International Airport.
If your coming from abroad I would say plane which you get to London. However from there to get to Birmingham you will have to get the train or bus.
As it's so large I think it would be quite hard for you to get all around on foot and so really bus or taxi. However if you take your car then it is quite well sign posted!
I find the best way to get to Birmingham is on the train. The only drawback is that the trains stop just before 11pm.
You can walk to most places in Birmingham, if not a taxi fare should not be too expensive.