The station’s construction site covers 150 hectares, and is located within a triangle of land formed by the M42, A45 and A452. Work so far has included construction of modular bridges over the M42 and A446, and remodelling of the road network in the area to facilitate access to the new station.
Up to five trains per hour will pass through the new station in both directions, with an estimated total of 175,000 seats per day, making this one of the country’s most well-connected transport interchanges.
The station is the first railway station globally to achieve the BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ certification at the design stage – a measure of sustainability for new and refurbished buildings – putting it in the top one percent of buildings in the UK for eco-friendly credentials.
It will maximise natural daylight and ventilation, includes a roof that can capture and reuse rainwater, and will have features to enable net zero carbon emissions from day-to-day energy consumption. Energy efficient technology will also be incorporated, such as air source heat pumps and LED lighting.