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Birmingham is one of the major cities in England and is also a metropolitan town of the West Midlands. In addition, the city of Birmingham is known to be the second-most populous city, other than London, in the UK. The city is home to the famous Birmingham City F.C. and some of the iconic city structures include The Cube, Ringway Center, Colmore Gate, BT Tower, and the Anchor Inn. Birmingham city has an extensive road and railway network linking it to other major cities in the country. As an epicenter of businesses and industries, Birmingham is served by three railway stations namely: New Street, Snow Hill, and Moor Street stations. Of the three stations, Birmingham New Street is the most centrally located in the city and is also the biggest. The Birmingham Moor Street train station is the second most important station and serves the city center to the east, while Birmingham Snow Hill Station is on the west. The three stations are regarded as a station group and on the national railway tickets, they are printed as BIRMINGHAM STNS.
The Birmingham Moore Street train station can be accessed from various landmark areas within the city center, through Moor Street Queensway. In normal traffic, the quickest way to Birmingham Moor Street from Birmingham is via a four-minute taxi ride. The train station can also be accessed by bus and is a 13 minutes ride away. Alternatively, one can walk between the two locations in 26 minutes. The distance between these two points is less than two miles (three kilometers) regardless of which transportation method is chosen.
For travelers choosing to commute by bus, at the Bordesley, Greenway Street bus station the 60 Line buses pick up passengers from there every ten minutes and drop them at the Birmingham Moor Street train station. The bus ride from Bordesley Greenway Street to Birmingham Moor St. Station takes about 11 minutes, a distance of fewer than two miles (three kilometers). The shortest walking distance from Birmingham to Birmingham Moor Street station is via the B400 route, a distance of a mile and a half (two kilometers). When walking from Birmingham city center, head East towards Cattell Rd/B4128. After about 102 ft (31 m), turn right. Walk on for 164 ft (49 m) and turn right onto Coventry Rd, continue for 436 ft (132 m) before turning right onto Arthur St. Walk on for 217 ft (66 m) on Arthur Street before getting onto Kingston Rd. Continue to walk for 158 ft (49 m) then turn left to Adderley St. Go through the roundabout and turn right onto High St. After half of a mile (0.8 kilometers) turn to Park St. and walk on for a tenth of a mile then turn left to Moor St. After walking for 413 ft (125 m) on Moor St. turn right into the railway station. In downtown Birmingham, a taxi can get to the Birmingham Moor Street station in four minutes, depending on traffic congestion.
Birmingham is user-friendly for people with limited mobility. The city has wide pavements, ramps, and elevators. The train station also has large waiting areas and the transport systems are accommodating. The city council of Birmingham offers special privileges to people with severe mobility problems by offering blue badges. The badges give users extra parking rights and allow the holders to park as close as possible to where they are going. In order to apply for these badges, go through the council's official website on https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/. However, it takes four to six weeks for the badges to be approved.
For those seeking to have fun in the city of Birmingham, it is notable that the city has the largest number of parks among all European cities. In addition, the city boasts of having more canals than Venice and is known as the center of the United Kingdom's canal network. The city has also been known as "the place to shop" since the middle ages and is considered to be one of the largest shopping centers in Europe. For movie fans, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were inspired by people and places in Birmingham. The author of the books was J.R.R. Tolkien and he was from Brum.