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Community News - April/May 23

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Mayor Andy Street Backs Plan for New Railway Station

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street says proposals to open a new railway station in Solihull are part of the next step in the region’s transport revolution.

The planned station, at Castle Bromwich, are among five which are proposed by West Midlands transport chiefs, who are carrying out business case studies into the proposals.

Once complete these business cases could be used to secure further Government funding to design and build the new stations at Castle Bromwich, Balsall Heath, Coventry East (Binley), Foleshill and Tettenhall in Wolverhampton.

Mr Street, who grew up in Solihull, said the region now has a strong track record of building new stations.

He said, “New stations are already taking shape across the region, in Birmingham and the Black Country - with diggers in the ground after our success in securing funding.

“Alongside these projects which are underway, we’re now turning our attention to the next set of stations and these five are a good place to start.

“The Castle Bromwich station would be the first new station to be built in Solihull for a very long time and would help to offer a convenient alternative to the car and drive job creation.

“It is a big priority to improve public transport in the north of Solihull borough, to help ease congestion, and this plan would be a major step forward.

“Building new stations – and reopening old ones – is a big part of my plan to create a world-class public transport system for the West Midlands, and we know how to make it happen, with work already underway at sites in the Black Country and Birmingham. The planning we are doing now will mean that, when funding becomes available, we are ready to go and get building.”