Plans re­vealed for three new stops in con­gested part of city

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Staff Re­porter

THE re­open­ing of a his­toric Birm­ing­ham rail line to pas­sen­gers for the first time in 70 is a lit­tle fur­ther down the years track.

Artist’s im­pres­sions of plans for new sta­tions at Mose­ley, Kings Heath and Hazel­well on the old Camp Hill line to New Street were re­vealed this week with a prom­ise pas­sen­gers could be us­ing them by 2021.

It means a con­gested cor­ner of the city where res­i­dents have not been served by trains since the Sec­ond World War will have a rail op­tion.

The first Hazel­well sta­tion was built in 1903, be­tween the ex­ist­ing Kings Heath and Lif­ford sta­tions.

It closed in 1941 when pas­sen­ger ser­vices were with­drawn due to war­time econ­omy mea­sures, and was never re­opened.

How­ever, the line re­mained open for freight and is also used for some longer dis­tance pas­sen­ger ser­vices.

The orig­i­nal Mose­ley sta­tion op­er­ated from 1867 to 1941.

A pre­vi­ously named Mose­ley sta­tion on the same line changed its name to Kings Heath upon the open­ing of the stop.

It is hoped con­struc­tion of the new sta­tions will start in 2020.

The Camp Hill Line will then of­fer an al­ter­na­tive to com­mut­ing via the con­gested A435 Al­ces­ter Road.

The sta­tions will see two trains an hour head­ing into the city cen­tre, a jour­ney of about 15 min­utes.

There are also longer-term plans for new sta­tions in the Black Coun­try, in­clud­ing in Bri­er­ley Hill and Wil­len­hall.

West Mid­lands Mayor Andy Street was joined by Sec­re­tary of State for Trans­port Chris Grayling for a tour of the Mose­ley sta­tion site this week.

Mr Street said: “I know ex­actly how im­por­tant re­open­ing this rail­way line is to peo­ple in the com­mu­ni­ties in Kings Heath, Mose­ley and Hazel­well and every­body who has a part to play in mak­ing this hap­pen is work­ing to­wards get­ting it re­open as quickly as pos­si­ble.

“Con­ges­tion from this part of the city into the city cen­tre is one of the huge draw­backs for what are other- wise thriv­ing ar­eas – un­do­ing the clo­sures seven decades ago will be a huge step tack­ling both con­ges­tion and the clean air chal­lenge we all face.”

The plans are be­ing jointly de­vel­oped by the West Mid­lands Rail Ex­ec­u­tive, Trans­port for West Mid­lands (TfWM), West Mid­lands Rail­way and Net­work Rail. They are work­ing to­gether on the track, sig­nalling and ser­vice changes re­quired.

In the longer term, more fre­quent ser­vices may be pos­si­ble as part of the Mid­lands Rail Hub pro­ject which will build the Camp Hill Chords to link the line to Moor Street Sta­tion and al­low more trains into Birm­ing­ham city cen­tre.

Martin Fro­bisher, man­ag­ing direc­tor for Net­work Rail’s Lon­don North Western route, said: “The pro­posed rail­way up­grades in the West Mid­lands are re­ally ex­cit­ing.

“We are eager to work with all part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions that share our am­bi­tion to bring last­ing im­prove­ments for rail cus­tomers.

“On the Camp Hill line pro­pos­als, we are un­der­tak­ing de­tailed work to as­sess the prac­ti­cal­ity of the timetable and to de­ter­mine if ad­di­tional rail­way in­fra­struc­ture is needed.”

A fourth sta­tion could also be opened at Bal­sall Heath in the fu­ture.

> A sketch of the Mose­ley pro­pos­als >Left: The old Hazel­well Sta­tion on the Camp Hill line in about 1910

> An artist’s im­pres­sion of the pro­posed Hazel­well sta­tion near Kings Heath

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