Residents urged to have their say on proposed stations in Kings Heath, Moseley and Hazelwell
Written by Tristan Harris on November 18, 2018
MEMBERS of the public are being urged to shape the look of Birmingham’s three new suburban railway stations on the Camp Hill Line.
It is hoped Moseley, Kings Heath and Hazelwell will open in 2021, in time for the Second City holding the Commonwealth Games in 2022.
It will be the first time the stations have been open to the public since the Second World War.
The engagement is being led by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), and the West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE).
WMRE is a consortium of the WMCA and 16 local councils, which is responsible for leading the transformation of rail in the West Midlands.
Feedback from local residents and commuters will help shape the final designs before they are submitted to Birmingham City Council for planning permission.
There are four drop-in sessions this week for people to go along to.
The first is at the Hub in Hazelwell from 1pm to 8.30pm tomorrow (Monday).
The second is at Stirchley Baths on Tuesday, November 20.
The third is at St Mary’s Church in Moseley on Wednesday, November 21.
The fourth is at the Moseley Exchange on Thursday, November 22.
All the sessions are from 1pm to 8.30pm.
The initial service from the stations is expected to be two trains an hour into central Birmingham, with journey times of around 15 minutes.
WMRE, TfWM, local train operator West Midlands Railway and Network Rail are all working together on the track, signalling and service changes required.
Coun Waseem Zaffar, Birmingham City Council’s cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “The public space around these new stations provides an ideal opportunity to create an attractive and distinctive design that creates a unique gateway that also reflects the identity of the local community.
“We want to hear the views of local people about how best to achieve this.
“This is a landmark project for these suburbs and the reopening of the Camp Hill Line will give people an attractive alternative to going by car or bus, helping to cut congestion, especially on the congested A435 Alcester Road.”
The Camp Hill Line development is part of a much wider package of investment in transport underway in the West Midlands.
The public can view and comment on the proposals online until December 14 at www.tfwm.org.uk/stations or in person at one of the drop-in sessions.