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Birmingham new street station

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Birmingham new street station

Is BNS the worst organised station in the UK ?

We have had to go through there several times this year and each time we have to change platforms at the last moment. On Friday we actually missed our train because three minutes before departure it was changed from 1A to 9a Being elderly we could not make it and got down on to the platform to see the train pulling out. This is just appalling. A child running a train set in his bedroom does better than this. The sooner they bring back British Rail the better.

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2. Re: Birmingham new street station

If your as old as me then perhaps your memory is failing faster than mine. BR did not spend most of its history closing lines. That only happened when the government decided it preferred to subsidise a privately run system than a publicly owned one. There is still overmanning on our fragmented railway system but it's only at managerial and boardroom level.

If you are happy with BNS, then fine. For the future I will try to find alternative routes

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3. Re: Birmingham new street station

New Street will never change. I used to travel through there to go to school 20 years ago, and platform alterations at the last minute were the norm then, too. Never go onto the platform until the very last moment, otherwise you risk having to leave one platform and rush to another.

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4. Re: Birmingham new street station

OP is quite right. New St is a total mess (whilst they "improve" it and build a tramway outside.

Avoid it - try using the delightful Moor St instead, if you can!

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6. Re: Birmingham new street station

I agree with flanneruk. The days of British Rail were poor services to few places departing at irregular intervals. New Street station in the days of steam was almost unbearable. Today we have fast services to all points of the compass departing at regular intervals in generally clean modern rolling stock. I really cannot understand those who want to see the railways renationised.

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7. Re: Birmingham new street station

Would have thought the frequent platform alterations are a symptom of how well organised the station is, not the opposite.

If it was badly organised, all the trains would arrive on designated platforms and they would never get the same volume of traffic through.

Did you alert a member of platform staff to your mobility issues?

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9. Re: Birmingham new street station

The problem is that New St station is trying to cope with more trains than it was ever designed for, and it cant be enlarged.

This is why the government are trying to built a new "central mainline route" (otherwise known as HS2) to take traffic off the West coast mainline (and East coast mainline) and reduce the number of train using New St station.

Sadly many people think HS2 is ONLY about speed (making jokes like "who wants to get to Birmingham 15 minutes earlier"), when it is in fact an attempt to built a NEW train route up the centre of the UK, the first new major train route since Victorian times.

THIS is why we need this new route, it is NOT just about speed.

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10. Re: Birmingham new street station

British Rail was not that bad. It suffered from chronic under funding in the 80s and early 90s as a prelude to selling it off. New St even then had trains to everywhere and the service frequency was at the end touching what it was now. At least it was run by those who new the industry and not politicians. Also it invested in infrastructure. If it had not been sold off many of the routes on the current electrification programme would have been wired up by now with new trains to match. The bias towards the south east would not have happened. They get new trains whilst the north has so suffer 30 year old bone shakers or at best London hand me downs.

New Street will get better although platform alterations are not funny when you have luggage.