Cos­metic changes missed the big is­sue

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

DEAR Edi­tor, I find it al­most im­pos­si­ble to be­lieve that the find­ings about pol­lu­tion at New Street Sta­tion of the Univer­sity of Birm­ing­ham have come as a shock to city coun­cil­lors. The level of diesel fumes from idling train en­gines has been a prob­lem for many years as New Street is lit­tle dif­fer­ent to an un­der­ground tube sta­tion.

How­ever, the re­cent ex­pen­di­ture of £600 mil­lion on the re­vamped sta­tion did give a win­dow of op­por­tu­nity for the coun­cil plan­ners to in­sist that Net­work Rail ad­dress the is­sue. But what hap­pened?

There was a mi­nor amount of plat­form re­fur­bish­ment but ba­si­cally the rail­way in­fra­struc­ture serv­ing the pas­sen­ger was left un­changed and the money went on the Grand Cen­tral com­mer­cial ed­i­fice.

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