UK: Transport for West Midlands Plans for 5 New Railway Stations

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) and the West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE) have announced plans to explore the feasibility for five new railway stations within the region.

The proposed stations — Balsall Heath, Coventry East (Binley), Foleshill, Castle Bromwich and Tettenhall — have been selected from a list of 15 following an initial study to determine those with the strongest case for construction.

West Midlands Railway Stations
An additional 5 new railway stations could be built across the West Midlands

TfWM plans for at least three of these new stations to be ready to open alongside the Midlands Rail Hub and HS2.

This will leverage additional benefits from these major infrastructure projects, as HS2 will free up capacity for local services on existing rail lines, and the Midlands Rail Hub will increase rail network capacity into central Birmingham.

Cllr Ian Ward, portfolio holder for transport and leader of Birmingham City Council, said:

“Our rail station developments proposals are about both growing our local economy, better connecting people to job and leisure opportunities and assisting our move towards a net zero carbon region.

“And these stations are the ones that most match these aims and, although it may take time to deliver, we are starting the planning now so when the funding becomes available we are ready to go with a sound plan of action.”

In addition to these latest proposals, TfWM and the WMRE are already overseeing the construction of five new stations in the region.

This includes three stations on the Camp Hill line in south Birmingham at Moseley Village, Kings Heath and Pineapple Road, and two on the Walsall to Wolverhampton line at Darlaston and Willenhall.

Funding has also been granted to build a new station at Aldridge.

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands and WMRE Chair, said:

“New stations are taking shape across Birmingham and the Black Country - with diggers in the ground after our success in securing funding. Alongside these projects now underway, we’re turning our attention to the next set of stations and these five are a good place to start.

“Investing in rail stations is Levelling Up in action - helping to regenerate local areas, offer a convenient alternative to the car and driving job creation.”

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