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West Midland commuters angry as train pain strikes again

Network Rail has admitted it is still not confident the problems on the Stratford to Snow Hill line which goes through Solihull have been fixed.

1930's station waiting room at Dorridge Station

Vandals spoil vintage station waiting room

Just weeks after a new vintage waiting room at Dorridge Station was unveiled, two acts of vandalism over Easter have led to its closure.

Mark Sturgess of Network Rail, Coun Roger Horton and Terry Oliver of London Midland Acocks Green station

Full steam ahead for station revamp

Work has begun on the installation of lifts at Acocks Green railway station as part of a £1.7 million improvement scheme.

Caroline Spelman

Solihull MP Caroline Spelman finally gets assurances on felled trees at railway line

Rail bosses have agreed to take steps to rectify the loss of 100 trees that were torn down from the edge of a Hampton-in-Arden railway line back in December 2011

Cable stolen from rail line near Marston Green

RAIL commuters were hit by major delays last week, after foolhardy thieves stole metal cable from the railway line near Marston Green Station.

Villagers rail against train line tree-cutting

UPSET residents have slammed rail bosses’ decision to clear trees and greenery along the train line in Hampton-in-Arden.

Close examination

The views expressed in the letter from Jean Shearman on the Planning Committee’s consideration of the Dorridge Sainsbury application (Letters) give a rather jaundiced account of what was described by several residents as an illustration of ‘democracy in action’.

Business as usual

I AM writing to say how upset I am that Shirley Royal British Legion continues to open up and trade while war veterans and members of the public march and attend Remembrance service.

Plan for car park heads for fruition

CHILTERN Railways, Centro, Solihull councillors and Network Rail were celebrating on Thursday as they became a step closer to adding an extra deck to the car park at Solihull train station.

Shirley concerns

I ASKED in these letter pages for more detail on what is happening with Parkgate.

Rail bosses defend £1m station spend

RAIL bosses have defended spending £1m on a station, where the ticket office has been recommended for closure.

On the verge

Yet again, the “wild” verges in the town have just burst into flower e.g.

Man in a tangle over stolen wire

AN ACOCKS Green man has been fined for possessing stolen copper cable, belonging to Network Rail.

Solihull Council joins Go-HS2 to promote high speed rail link

Key players from the West Midlands private and public sectors have joined forces to launch a powerful consortium in support of the proposed high speed rail link between Birmingham and London.

No easy deals

  • NHS

MARK Newbold (chief executive of Heart of England Foundation Trust) has been somewhat economical with the truth when he states that job losses are by way of natural wastage and people changing jobs voluntarily.

Paint rage

AS A famous tennis player once said - ‘you cannot be serious!’

Plan update

WITH reference to your article “Church plans re-submitted” (Solihull News) having checked with the council planning department I would advise that whilst the domed extension has been removed in the new application (2010/2042) the stand-alone tower remains, be-it marginally reduced in size.

Signal box denied last gasp reprieve

SHIRLEY Station has been added to a list of borough buildings of special local interest.

All talk no evidence

It is interesting that Councillor Howard Allen should comment on the council’s budget pressures (Solihull News) given the failure of his Alliance Group to participate in the all-party budget strategy group looking at council expenditure.

Signal box book debut

PHOTOS of Shirley signal-box have been collected in a new book, by a local railway enthusiast.


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