Birmingham New Street named as Britain’s worst railway station

Birmingham New Street named as Britain's worst railway station, Nottingham the dirtiest

In news that is unlikely to surprise anyone who has had to stumble through its dirty, dark passageways,  Birmingham New Street has been named Britain’s worst railway station.

Birmingham New Street named as Britain's worst railway station, Nottingham the dirtiest

A recent survey conduced by the independent Passenger Watchdog Passenger Focus saw the Stygian station receiving the  lowest satisfaction rating among passengers.

The study rated stations on  criteria such as standards of cleanliness, security, helpfulness of staff, platform information and car parking – and not surprisingly, the Brummie hellhole came bottom. 

Birmingham New Street named as Britain's worst railway station, Nottingham the dirtiest

Sadly, Birmingham’s 1960s concrete monstrosity replaced a truly grand 1854 station whose immense glass-covered roof drew comparisons with New York’s Grand Central (see 1885 New Street view below).

Birmingham New Street named as Britain's worst railway station

Most of the modern New Street station is underground with an oppressively low, soot-covered concrete roof adding to the claustrophobic effect.

Noxious diesel fumes waft through this unventilated area, with the sound of idling locomotives adding to the general cacophony.

And things have got even worse recently, with a new renovation being described as ‘a cross between The Krypton Factor and Logans Run’

Birmingham New St is also quite famous for its rapidly changing platform allocations, resulting in repeated mass exoduses as passengers scramble up and down escalators.

Birmingham New Street named as Britain's worst railway station, Nottingham the dirtiest

View of New Street station from the Rotunda in the Bullring.

Also languishing behind Birmingham in the list of crap stations was (in descending order) Maidenhead, followed by London Bridge, Romford, East Croydon, Gatwick Airport, Preston, Birmingham ­International, Wimbledon, and Grantham, Lincs.

Birmingham New Street named as Britain's worst railway station, Nottingham the dirtiest

The study also listed the nation’s best station, with the top slot going to London St Pancras, followed by the wonderful Birmingham Moor Street (photo below) and Heathrow Terminal 5.

The magnificent Edwardian grandeur of Birmingham Moor Street station - photo study of Great Western style main line station in Birmingham, England UK

Birmingham Moor Street, May 2012.

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