Plans to bring new rail passenger services to south Birmingham have taken another step forward after transport chiefs lodge an application to build a new station.
The proposed site in Moseley is one of three new stations to be constructed on the Camp Hill line.
The green light has already been awarded to develop new stations in Hazelwell and Kings Heath with the Moseley project coming later in order to resolve engineering issues at the historic Moseley Tunnel.
The Moseley station will be built on vacant land between St Mary’s Row and Woodbridge Road.
Transport for West Midlands hopes that, once open, the line will massively reduce congestion on the heavily used A435 Alcester Road and surrounding streets in what are densely populated parts of the city.
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Stations on the Camp Hill line closed in the 1940s since when it has been used for freight and non-stop passenger services.
New services will go directly into Birmingham New Street initially, with long-term plans to send them to Moor Street which will also allow them to run much more regularly in a project known as the ‘Bordesley Chords’.
Transport for the West Midlands and the West Midlands Rail Executive are working with partners including Network Rail, West Midlands Trains and Birmingham City Council to lead development of the new stations.
West Midlands Mayor Andy Street said: “These planning milestones are superb news in marking another major step towards reopening the Camp Hill line to passengers, with services calling at Moseley, Kings Heath and Hazelwell for the first time since the Second World War.
“The new station at Moseley will provide residents with easier and faster connections to Birmingham city centre and the wider West Midlands and will offer people a real alternative to the car – something that is critical as we look to tackle our region’s climate emergency.
“I am also pleased that, following some initial concerns expressed by residents, we are working together through the plans.
“We want local people to be proud of their new station and it is good we are able to work together on this.
“Public transport is critical to our region’s future and, despite the current coronavirus crisis, we must press on with our plans.”
Birmingham City Council’s leader Cllr Ian Ward added: “Rail travel has a major role to play in our efforts to reduce traffic congestion and improve our air quality in Birmingham and this is an important step as we work to reopen the Camp Hill Line to passengers.
“Improved connectivity to the city centre will also draw investment to Moseley, Kings Heath and Stirchley, unlocking opportunities for local people and creating jobs.”