Shop­ping mall first, train sta­tion sec­ond

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

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

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