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After the success of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway, business people based in Birmingham began to consider the advantages of having a railway. It was decided to approach George Stephenson, the chief engineer of the Liverpool & Manchester line, about the possibility of building a railway between Birmingham and London. The London & Birmingham Railway Company took Stephenson's advice and in 1833 Robert Stephenson was appointed chief engineer.
To see our content at its best we recommend upgrading if you wish to continue using IE or using another browser such as Firefox, Safari or Google Chrome. Business leaders and politicians have joined together in a bid to transform Birmingham into a global enterprise hub which will compete with London to win overseas investment into Britain. We are happy to go anywhere and will assure you of timing and or of route logistics, if your would like us to. By following a link to the map, it is understood that you have read this notice and accept the conditions. Birmingham had seen rapid economic growth in the 1820s and by 1830 was sending one thousand tons of goods every week by canal to London.


Stephenson advised them about the route that the railway should take but declined the offer of building the line. Stephenson, who was paid £1,500 a year to build what was the first railway into London. For example, the landowners of Northampton forced Stephenson to make the line pass some distance from their town. The line started at Birmingham's Curzon Street Station and finished at Euston Station in London. As the Grand Junction Railway had been finished in July 1837, the four major cities in England, London, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool were now linked together.



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