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Park & ride drive to to rail rush

PARKING spaces at Whitlocks End rail station are set to increase under a new congestion-busting scheme set up by Centro.

PARKING spaces at Whitlocks End rail station are set to increase under a new congestion-busting scheme set up by Centro.

The region’s transport authority is looking to extend the existing Park and Ride car park by adding 159 new spaces to give a total of 270.

A new access off Tilehouse Lane and a roundabout are also proposed at the popular station which is always full by the end of the morning rush hour.

The extended car park would feature CCTV and a help point facility linked to the Network Safety and Security Centre. Also proposed are cycle lockers and new lighting.

Councillor Gary Clarke, chairman of Cento said: “Park & Ride schemes play a key role in our efforts to reduce traffic on the region’s congested roads.

“But it’s fair to say that some of the car parks are packed by the time the morning rush hour is over. That’s why we are hard at work adding hundreds more spaces to meet this soaring demand which is a reflection of just how quick and convenient people find Park and Ride.”

Centro is now seeking views from families in Dickens Heath and two exhibitions have been planned to help answer any questions that residents may have.

The exhibitions are between 10am and 2pm on Saturday May 16 and between 3pm and 7pm on Wednesday May 20.

For more information visit: www.networkwestmidlands.com/whitlocks/whitlocks.aspx

 

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