Shopping mall first, train station second
DEAR Editor, Reading the article about the level of pollution recorded at New Street Station ( Post, March 22), is this not a legacy of Grand Central being conceived as a shopping centre with a station underneath it rather than a revitalised station with good shopping facilities?
If you use the station, it still feels like an underground setting and not much of the light from the crowning dome filters down to the platforms. Perhaps all along the main plan has been to focus on HS2 proposals with the infrastructure at New Street a secondary priority?
In the meantime, passengers may have to go up and inhale the aromas from the Grand Central food retailers (the ones that can still afford the rent) then run down to the platforms at the last minute
Mike Pogorzelski, Bearwood