VolkerFitzpatrick has been appointed by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) to build three railway stations on the Camp Hill line in south Birmingham. The £61 million scheme will reintroduce passenger train services to Moseley, Kings Heath and Hazelwell for the first time in 80 years.
Design work has started and work on site will begin from November 2022. The stations are expected to be completed next autumn.
The new stations will offer south Birmingham residents an environmentally friendly alternative to using a car and experiencing traffic jams on Alcester Road for their city centre commute. For example, commuters from Hazellwell station in Stirchley travelling to the city centre will have a 14-minute journey by rail, compared to 45-minutes by car in peak hours.
The project is being led by TfWM, which is part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE).
The WMCA is providing £36 million towards the cost, with £20 million from the Department for Transport and the remaining £5 million from Birmingham City Council’s clean air zone fund. Partners include Network Rail and operator West Midlands Railway.
Malcolm Holmes, who is both executive director of WMRE and director of rail with TfWM, said: “This is a major milestone towards seeing passenger trains restored on the Camp Hill line, with the contractor in place and construction crews gearing up to get on site.
“This means, that after several years of planning and development, we are now entering the final phase and it will not be too long before these stations are complete and open to the travelling public.”
VolkerFitzpatrick is currently also working on the University Station redevelopment for TfWM.
Mike Evans, operations director for VolkerFitzpatrick, said: “I am delighted that TfWM have chosen to work again with VolkerFitzpatrick, with this project delivering three new stations on the Camp Hill Line. It’s testament to our ability to work well with local communities and stakeholders during the build. Our team are excited to be part of these ambitious plans to create an improved transport network, that will support the region’s ambition to be net zero carbon by 2041.”
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