New designs have been unveiled for a railway station which will play a key role in Birmingham hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Plans have been lodged with the city council for the regeneration of Perry Barr and the bus station next door.
New CGIs have been released showing how the revamped station could be transformed from its current guise which transport chiefs admit is “one of the most outdated and unattractive railway stations in the region”.
If approved by planning chiefs, the new-look building will have multiple entrances, a ticket office, an accessible toilet and baby change facility, out-of-hours entrance, lifts and new stairs.
Further planning work includes step free access, planters, passenger seating and cycle racks.
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As well as a full planning application for the railway station, outline planning permission is also being sought for the bus interchange in front of the neighbouring One Stop Shopping Centre.
The development will provide an accessible station with links to north Birmingham’s road, bus and cycle networks and is part of the wider £500 million regeneration of the Perry Barr area.
A detailed planning application for this will follow later this year.
All work is due to be completed in time for the 2022 Commonwealth Games and will be used by visitors accessing the nearby Alexander Stadium for the athletics events and the opening and closing ceremonies.
West Midlands Mayor Andy Street said: “This new station demonstrates the benefit to local people and local jobs from our region’s success in securing the Commonwealth Games.
“Because we secured the games, we’ve been able to bring forward long-awaited investment that will improve things for commuters and visitors for years to come.
“And that will help the area benefit even more from huge investment in this part of Birmingham.”
Transport for West Midlands and the West Midlands Rail Executive are working with rail industry partners including Network Rail, West Midlands Trains and Birmingham City Council on the development.
Cllr Ian Ward, WMCA portfolio holder for transport and leader of Birmingham City Council, added: “I’m sure most people would agree this new station will be a vast improvement on what we have currently.
“The station and bus interchange are important parts of the wider Perry Barr redevelopment project which will improve transport connectivity for people in north Birmingham.
“It is also part of the wider improvements to our railway, bus, tram and cycle networks as we bid to change the way people travel across the region.”