Midlands Engine

07.11.19

Perry Barr railway station transformation revealed

Perry Barr railway station in Birmingham will undergo transformation as part of a wider £500m regeneration of the area.

The creation of a new rail and bus interchange will see a landmark station building constructed in place of the current, outdated Perry Barr railway station constructed in the 1960’s.

The new, modern station will welcome passengers with an accessible and safe environment, with new lighting, CCTV and accessible toilets.

On top of this, there will be covered waiting areas, live travel information screens, platform lifts and a drop-off area for taxis and disabled blue badge holders.

Part of the transformation will see improved pedestrian links to a redesigned bus interchange outside One Stop Shopping Centre.

This new bus-only access aims to ease congestion, speed up pick-up and drop-off and improve journey times.

The £500m regeneration of Perry Barr includes the Athletes Villages, an improved road network and the introduction of Sprint rapid transit buses.

The project Is due for completion before the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, when the city will welcome around 6,500 athletes and officials from 71 Commonwealth nations and thousands of spectators.

The project is being led by the West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE) and Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) in partnership with Birmingham City Council, Network Rail and West Midlands Trains.

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of the WMRE and director of rail for TfWM, said:

“Perry Barr railway station is rightly seen by many as unattractive and unsafe and this redevelopment is long overdue.

“I would urge everyone who lives, works or travels through the area to look at our plans, attend our events, ask questions and send in their comments.”

The public have a chance to have their say on the proposed new railway station and bus interchange by visiting www.tfwm.org.uk/perrybarr and completing the online survey by Saturday 7 December.

There are also drop-in engagement sessions on Nov 19 and 26.

Phil Edwards, assistant director for Transport and Connectivity at Birmingham City Council, said:

“The railway station and bus interchange are important parts of the Perry Barr redevelopment project, improving connectivity across Birmingham and serving a growing population, so it is important that as many people as possible have their say on these plans.”

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