News Staff July 16, 2019
  • Services every 3 minutes
  • Interchange to Birmingham airport in 6 minutes
  • 2.3 kilometre long route from Interchange to Birmingham Airport
  • Approximately 20 metre long vehicles
  • Capable of carrying 2,100 passengers per hour in each direction
  • Travel on a viaduct for entire route – 12 metres off the ground at its highest point

HS2 today unveiled the visuals for its new people mover at the first of a series of events to share emerging designs with the public and explain the role that the people mover will play.

The people mover will provide a fast and frequent transport connection between HS2’s new Interchange Station in Solihull, through to Birmingham Airport in just 6 minutes. When fully operational, the people mover will carry up to 2,100 passengers per hour in each direction.

HS2 has been working closely with the Urban Growth Company (UGC) in Solihull to include extra design elements which will support wider growth plans at the UK Central Hub. This includes modifying the alignment of the people mover as part of a major redevelopment at Birmingham International Station to create a new, multi-modal transport exchange.

People mover elevated on a viaduct crossing Pendigo Lake outside Resorts World.
The People Mover will provide better connections to key leisure and business locations like Resorts World (pictured), The NEC and Birmingham Airport.

The approximately 20 metre long people mover vehicles will depart from each stop approximately every 3 minutes. They will pick up passengers from Interchange Station, and then travel 2.3 kilometre across an elevated viaduct stopping at Birmingham International Railway Station, the National Exhibition Centre, before reaching Birmingham Airport.

The viaduct will be 12 metres off the ground at its highest point, and the 3 stops will be fully accessible, designed using colour to provide clear wayfinding for passengers, while information screens and audio announcements will provide live journey updates to communicate both HS2 and People Mover services.

These greater connections to key leisure and business locations like Resorts World, The NEC and Birmingham Airport, further enhance HS2’s Interchange Station in Solihull as a major gateway for the region. It will be part of a new public transport interchange serving Solihull and the West Midlands, with unparalleled links to the UK motorway network.

Overhead satellite view with superimposed labelling showing the locations of each stop.

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