TfWM unveils plans for new bus and rail interchange in Birmingham

WCN Editorial Team 7 Nov 2019 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) has unveiled plans to build a new bus and rail interchange at Perry Barr in Birmingham, UK.

The bus and rail interchange at Perry Barr will be developed as part of the wider £500m ($643.6m) regeneration of Perry Barr, which will comprise the Athletes Village, changes to the road network and introduction of Sprint rapid transit buses.

The new project will be led by the West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE) and Transport for West Midlands, part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), in collaboration with Birmingham City Council, Network Rail and West Midlands Trains.

TfWM rail director and WMRE executive director Malcolm Holmes said: “Perry Barr railway station is rightly seen by many as unattractive and unsafe and this redevelopment is long overdue.

“I would urge everyone who lives, works or travels through the area to look at our plans, attend our events, ask questions and send in their comments.”

The new Perry Barr rail and bus interchange will include new lighting, CCTV coverage, live travel information screens, new accessible toilets, lifts to the platforms, covered waiting areas, and a drop-off area for taxis.

Planned to be completed prior to the commencement of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the new building will replace the current 1960s built station entrance.

The project also involves upgrades to the pedestrian links to a redesigned bus interchange outside the One Stop Shopping Centre.

Birmingham City Council transport and connectivity assistant director Phil Edwards said: “The railway station and bus interchange are important parts of the Perry Barr redevelopment project, improving connectivity across Birmingham and serving a growing population, so it is important that as many people as possible have their say on these plans.”

Earlier in 2019, the Birmingham City Council started construction on an infrastructure project related to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in the UK.

Construction of the residential element of the village, which will be built on the site of the former Birmingham City University campus, is expected to be completed in early 2022.

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Image: Illustration of the proposed Perry Barr Station. Photo: courtesy of West Midlands Combined Authority.

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