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Car park ‘back on track’

Posted on December 28 2018 at 3:44:14

A high-level meeting has put a solution to the flooded and pot-holed car park at Alvechurch station back on track, it is hoped.

When the new-look station opened in 2014, the car park should have been drained, surfaced with Tarmac and marked out with three disabled and 61 general spaces. This was backed by the planning inspector who gave the go-ahead for the project.

The work has never been carried out and the car park continues to flood, forcing increasing numbers of motorists to park on surrounding roads.

Now a meeting convened by Alvechurch Parish Council at Network Rail’s offices in Birmingham appears to have brought fresh impetus.

Chaired by parish councillor Marc Worrall, the meeting involved senior management from Network Rail, senior officers from Bromsgrove District Council and Worcestershire County Council and representatives from West Midlands Trains as well as independent district councillors Charlie Hotham and Kate Van Der Plank.

Coun Worrall told parish councillors: “The result of all this was that the county council has taken on the role of producing a feasibility brief to look at the whole car park situation.”

“I am hoping in the new year we can report some progress; there was general consensus that things need to move on.”

Coun Van Der Plank said: “I was quite surprised the Network Rail director of business development said it was the first he had heard that Network Rail had any obligation over the state of the car park.”

Coun Worrall added: “He declared that he had no knowledge of that obligation and was taken aback a little bit. I think there would have been a lot of scurrying after the meeting to determine the validity of that obligation.

“We didn’t want to dwell on the past so we did discuss what was going to be the way forward.”

Meanwhile, Barnt Green Parish Council is continuing to press Network Rail and the Department for Transport for the promised lifts at the village station, and West Midlands Trains for better information screens and a ticket machine on Platform 1.

However, the footbridge railway crossing at Cofton is due to be ready this spring.

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