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View: the New Street shuffle
22-12-14
How will future generations see the £700 redevelopment of New Street station, Birmingham? One thing that's becoming apparent is that access to and from certain platforms is no better than before. No platform should only be accessible by escalator. A busy escalator dictates speed. One might have imagined that steps alongside escalators would be universal under the redevelopment, but it seems not. The New Street shuffle involves alighting a train at a stepless platform and joining a huge melee of people shuffling along trying to get to the escalator. Inevitably some people break ranks and try to come round the queue. It's all a pretty miserable experience.