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Free parking stays in place at new station

Posted on March 21 2014 at 10:56:04

The new-look Alvechurch railway station will have more parking spaces, new lighting and better security as well as the extra train services – but rail users will be happy to hear that there are no plans to introduce a parking charge.

The improvements were revealed at a meeting between Alvechurch parish councillors and a representative of London Midland, which will resume the running of the station when Network Rail have completed the work.

Susan Fisher of London Midland also confirmed that trains would be suspended from July 6 to August 31. Replacement buses will run half-hourly from the Red Lion to Redditch station and to Barnt Green and Longbridge stations.

Meanwhile, Network Rail will clear, drain and tarmac the car park. London Midland expects to provide three disabled and 61 general spaces, while the approach road will have double yellow lines. Ms Fisher also said they would probably be able to provide a cycle rack.

On the new platforms, there will be tactile edges, shelters on each side and seating. There will be a ticket machine – card-only to deter theft – and the bridge and lift will be lit and have CCTV monitoring.

Councillors also asked about lighting for the car park, and Ms Fisher agreed to look at whether the lights on the platform could cover the car park as well.

When the station reopens in September, the normal timetable will resume, but with both platforms in use. The new train service will start in December, with three trains every hour (about every 20 minutes).

Ms Fisher said that there were no plans for any planting on and around the platforms, but agreed to ask the manager responsible for mowing and cutting to introduce a more wildlife-friendly regime.

Meanwhile, Network Rail have written to householders near the station to say that night-time work will be carried out up to four nights a week until the start of June.

The Parish Council has invited London Midland and Network Rail to its May meeting.

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