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West Midlands rail stations awarded £59m funding

The opening of five new rail stations in the West Midlands is set to be bolstered after the allocation of approximately £59m of funding by the UK Government.

It will help to deliver new stations planned at Kings Heath, Moseley and Stirchley in Birmingham, and Darlaston and Willenhall on the reopened Walsall-Wolverhampton line, as part of existing £116m schemes.

The new stations are intended to be operational from 2023, according to the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).

The first three stations mentioned, in and around Birmingham, are set to open as part of ongoing works to reinstate the Camp Hill line, which has been used exclusively by freight and through trains since 1941.

They form part of a £61m scheme. Of this funding, £21m was provided by WMCA and Birmingham City Council and £20m from the Department for Transport.

The remaining two stations sit along the Walsall-Wolverhampton line. To realise the project, between £39m and £55m will be required from the Department for Transport, as well as £16m from the WMCA.

A board meeting on March 19, 2021 should bring the final sign-off needed for the projects, according to West Midlands Mayor Andy Street.

All five stations have received their necessary planning permissions.

Work at the Birmingham sites is anticipated to commence by the end of the calendar year.

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