Working in the transportation sector, as CEO at one of London’s most recognisable healthcare transport providers, the HATS Group and Olympic South Ltd, I regularly take time to stay up to date with new developments and happenings from the industry.
With HATS’ range of specialist transport services, I’m always interested to hear about transport and healthcare news, especially when it relates in some way to the work we carry out.
Whilst in the past I’ve touched upon the problems in the UK, with industry strikes, transportation problems or healthcare issues, this week I’ve been following the opening of the new-look New Street Station in Birmingham – the first major construction project on the station since it was redeveloped in the 1960s.
As transport sector news goes, a lot on emphasis is put on negative news. Budgetary and strike news is often what’s spoken about in national and regional press, but that’s not always the case. This week, one of the biggest stories came from the Midlands, where – after 5 years of production – Birmingham’s refurbished New Street Station has finally opened.
New-look New Street
The brand new, state-of-the-art station saw its first test this Monday, when the new concourse and atrium were first used and seen by early-morning commuters. The £750m refurbishment, undertaken over the last 5 years, is now open to the public, with a new shopping complex set to open in the next few weeks.
Whilst the new build undoubtabley brings Birmingham right up to date in terms of design and facilities, not everyone was overjoyed with the changes, with some rail-users saying the changes were purely “aesthetic” – with no rail lines actually effected.
No matter the criticism, there’s no doubt that Birmingham New Street’s new look is one to admire, and a shining light for the transport industry in 2015.
For more information about New Street Station, make sure you visit the official website today.
More next time…