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Rail bid to put Solihull on track

Rail bid

SOLIHULL is to benefit from a 20-year plan to improve rail links in the West Midlands.

As part of its long-term vision, Centro is hoping to move more than one million car drivers from road to rail and ease congestion in Birmingham and Solihull.

Proposals include a brand-new station at Castle Bromwich in the next ten years as well as a major upgrade of Solihull Station.

The makeover will include a new car park and a lengthened platform as well as general refurbishment.

Currently residents in Dickens Heath have limited access to trains but under the new plans Birmingham to Shirley trains will become Birmingham to Whitlocks End services.

This will enable those living in the village to enjoy easier access to routes into the city.

As well as improving access at Shirley Station, Centro is hoping to add new trains to the service to speed up journey times.

Commuters travelling on Chiltern services to London will also benefit from the improvements thanks to a faster service.

The Centro project, which will see the region enter a new age of passenger transport, has been backed by Councillor Ted Richards, Solihull cabinet member for transport, highways and infrastructure.

“I think these are very realistic plans and ones that will benefit the borough as a whole,” he said.

“The extension of the railway system can only be a good thing and it would be great for the north of Solihull if they were to re-open Castle Bromwich station.

“Providing better transport and easing congestion are the main thing and this forward-looking vision should do that.”



Cathrina Hulse
Multimedia Journalist
Annette Belcher
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