WOULD a monorail linking New Street Station to Birmingham International Airport be a major asset to the Midlands’ transport network?
Proposals unveiled this week have received a mixed response from Solihull Green Party. Spokesman Chris Williams said the plans looked very exciting on paper, but more information was needed to judge the environmental benefits of the scheme.
The monorail would run along the A45 corridor and could carry passengers from the city centre to the airport in a quarter of an hour.
The scheme is being proposed by the Birmingham Business Focus - a group which represents some of the region’s biggest firms.
Metrail AG, a train construction company, has said that a monorail would be a greener option than trams or trains, but Chris Williams said that this would need to be proved.
“In terms of improving public transport links to the airport it’s certainly a good idea. But we obviously need to look at the facts and see how it compares with the other options. Perhaps improvements to the rail network is also something we could be considering.
But Neil Maybury, director of the BBF, said there was no more room for roads or rail and that the monorail could be the only solution
“We have tried hard with the Metro, but that’s been running for 20 years and hasn’t really made any money.
“The proposed Metro extension from Snow Hill to Five Ways is going nowhere. So we have to do some thinking out of the box and come up with something else,” he said.