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‘Tired’ station fails to make worst list

BUSINESS chiefs this week voiced surprise that Birmingham International has not been named as a rail station which needs urgent improvements.

BUSINESS chiefs this week voiced surprise that Birmingham International has not been named as a rail station which needs urgent improvements.

A study published this week identifies the ten British stations in need of important work.

But the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry was dismayed that Birmingham International was not included on the list.

Jerry Blackett, BCI’s chief executive, said: “Sadly, the station still helps to form lasting opinions – but for all of the wrong reasons. It is tired and needs a serious lift to its depressing demeanour.”

He cited the construction of a new International Pier at Birmingham Airport as the sort of investment that is vital to the region’s success. The old pier had been built eight years after International station.

The station, which serves the NEC and BIA, opened 33 years ago - but has recently faced criticism.

Earlier in the year, Paul Kehoe - the airport’s chief executive - said that the site had not much improved since the 1970s. But business leaders and airport bosses have both pressed the case for the station to be included in plans for a new high-speed rail network.

This week’s report identified Manchester Victoria, Clapham Junction and Wigan North Western as among the worst stations in the UK.

 

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