West Midlands Mayor Andy Street is backing a plan to make Longbridge the last stop on a new passenger line that will see railway stations reopened at Moseley, Kings Heath and Hazelwell.
Gary Sambrook, who is standing as the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Birmingham Northfield, has written to Mr Street to champion the idea of Longbridge Station becoming the final stop on the new £40m route which will run across South Birmingham from New Street, calling at the new stations.
Mr Street said:
“I think what Gary Sambrook proposes is an exciting idea that would really transform rail services in this part of South Birmingham and I will certainly be looking seriously at how this might be delivered.”
Mr Sambrook says that, with the cross-city line no longer terminating at Lonbgridge, there should now be capacity for the trains on the new South Birmingham route to turn around at the station. He believes the project would drastically improve public transport for the people of Birmingham Northfield.
“Andy Street has done a fantastic job in getting funding in place to reopen the Camp Hill line and following a £15m funding boost from the Department for Transport, we are closer than ever to seeing the line fully operational for commuters.
“With the decision still to be made on where the line will terminate, I have written to Andy Street to ask for the line to terminate at Longbridge.
“This would benefit our area in many ways: More services will be stopping at Kings Norton, Northfield, and Longridge, with more capacity for people commuting into and out of the city centre.
“Further investment of an additional line would improve conditions on the cross city line in south Birmingham, which is currently often over crowded in peak times, would bring less cramped services and mean people are more likely to get a seat.
“This would also reduce congestion and pollution in south Birmingham, giving a practical alternative to driving into the city when the clean air zone comes into force.”
Mr Street added:
“Gary Sambrook’s campaign is a great example of how our plans to re-open Moseley, Kings Heath and Stirchley stations along the Camp Hill line could deliver new services not just to those communities, but also into Kings Norton, Northfield and Longbridge.
“After decades of underinvestment and decline our rail network is being turned around with use increasing and genuine progress on opening up new stations and providing extra services – I know Gary will be tenacious in continuing to champion Kings Norton, Northfield and Longbridge being a big part of this railway revival.”