A team including architects Weston Williamson + Partners and engineers Aecom has been awarded the contract to design and build the East Midlands Hub Station at Toton on the Birmingham-Leeds branch of HS2. The new station will help regenerate the East Midlands and encourage economic growth and transport oriented development on adjacent sites.
The site at Toton Yard is currently an important rail freight yard and maintenance facility, but there is no rail station or other public transport infrastructure. The site is surrounded by suburban housing, open spaces, light industrial and low-density retail units.
There is an existing low level two-track railway running through the site which will remain. The proposed HS2 line will run on a viaduct at a high level, close to the existing lines. The new station will be a hub for regional transport providing interchange between rail, road and tram networks.
The station comprises a two storey building with overbridge concourse access to HS2 and NR platforms, intermodal forecourts for bus, taxi, and tram services as well as private car drop off and car parking. All modes of public transport will have step free access.
HS2 platforms will be 415m long to accommodate 400m long trains capable of carrying 1,100 people at speeds of up to 275kph. At peak times, it is estimated there will be six trains stopping per hour in each direction.
This commission follows on from WW+P’s recent work designing the HS2 stations at Old Oak Common, Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport.