RAIL commuters in the Hall Green area are set to benefit from a proposed extension to a park-and-ride car park at Yardley Wood station.
Due to increased demand on the Snow Hill line between Great Malvern and Stratford-upon-Avon and Leamington, transport authority Centro has won planning permission by Birmingham City Council to go ahead with the scheme.
Under the plans an additional 54 car parking spaces will be created close to the present 100-space park-and-ride car park in Highfield Road.
In addition, upgraded lighting, landscaping, security fencing and closed-circuit TV cameras, along with a help point linked to a Network West Midlands’ safety and security centre.
Centro says the car park at Yardley Wood station is too popular to cope and there is a real need for additional parking for rail users.
The present car park will also get more disabled parking spaces and cycle lockers after the work has been finished.
Work is scheduled to start on the extension next spring with completion expected in the summer of next year.
Centro director Nigel Pennington said: “Centro’s park-and-ride schemes provide free and secure parking and easy access to the rail network for people in the West Midlands.
“They play a really important role in reducing congestion in the region, particularly on key commuter routes, and are very popular with car parks often full early in the morning.
“That is why we are working to provide more spaces at sites around the West Midlands, such as the new extension proposed in Yardley Wood, which itself will take more than 27,000 journeys off the West Midlands roads every year.”