Development is good, but what about Digbeth?
The next few years will see a lot of upheaval in Birmingham City Centre. Birmingham New Street is currently undergoing a major facelift, Moor Street Queensway is being changed back to two-way traffic, and work on the extension to the Metro from Snowhill to New Street station has begun (more information in the video below).
In addition, Birmingham City University (BCU) were planning on building their new campus on Bartholemew Street in Digbeth, next to Curzon Street Station, but the site had to be moved due to it clashing with the anticipated location of the HS2 Terminus. The campus will now be built at the junction of Curzon Street and Cardigan Street, next to Millennium Point.
BCU’s new Institute of Art and Design, which is currently being built in Digbeth, will not be affected.
A lot of attention is being given to the city centre and Eastside. Although this all directly affects Digbeth, and passage from Digbeth to the city centre and beyond, as an area, Digbeth is not getting enough attention.
Are there any plans to extend the new Metro to the Bull Ring Markets and beyond? How will HS2 affect Moor Street Station and New Street and passage between the three? How will passengers from Digbeth be able to get to the train stations? With all the attention to the north of the city, will Bordesley Station be reinstated too?
It seems that Digbeth is just being overlooked in all of this development. The Coach Station is also an important part of the transport network, but there hasn’t really been any thought about how everything will link together. Passengers from the south of the city also need a safe route to all the city centre train stations. There is a danger that the focus on the city centre will mean that Digbeth will be cut off altogether.
That’s my opinion, but what do you think?