The name of Birmingham’s proposed city centre high speed rail (HS2) station could be changed, it has emerged.
Transport and business leaders were told that plans for the station, at Curzon Street at Eastside, will be drawn up over the next 18 months and that architects and developers have the opportunity to create a magnificent and inspiring building for the city.
The name of the station, which will be next to the historic Curzon Street Station building, could also be changed.
The £17 billion development of HS2 between London and Birmingham was given the go ahead by the Government earlier this year and now firm plans are being put in place ready for construction to begin in 2017, with the line set to open on 2026.
City council transport director David Bull said: “All the major decisions about High Speed 2 will be taken in the next 18 months and this includes a £1 billion rail station in Birmingham city centre.
“In 20 years people will say of Birmingham that it has two great cathedrals and two great rail stations.”
He said that cities including Brussels, Liege and Lille have impressive stations and that Birmingham, which will be linked by the High Speed Rail route to continental Europe, should have one to match.
“We need to live up to those stations,” he added.
So far the station is referred to as Curzon Street, but a renaming could also be considered. One audience member at the transport summit suggested that with Birmingham International considering a name change, perhaps that would be good for this new station. It was also suggested an impressive name like Grand Central could also be considered.
Andrew Went of HS2 Ltd said: “For the time being the stations have been named after their locations, so this is called Curzon Street.
“We can get into names as the stations are developed, or just continue with Curzon Street.”