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Rail inquiry ‘should be expanded’

Posted on March 18 2013 at 11:56:33

A planning summit of the bodies involved in the rail and station upgrade in Alvechurch has been called by the inspector to tackle what should be done about car parking.

As reported last issue, the parish council is particularly concerned that a residential area of the village could become swamped by cars if parking improvements and extensions are not included in the plans for the station.

These fears were raised again at an “open floor” meeting called by the planning inspector last month at Alvechurch Village Hall as part of her consideration of Network Rail’s plans.

Afterwards, parish chairman John Cypher told The Village: “The inspector is asking that on April 17 a number of us assemble to discuss in more detail car parking matters.”

Coun Cypher is hoping to broaden discussions so that the length of the branch line from Barnt Green to Redditch is considered as a whole.

Referring to plans for a £10 million upgrade of Bromsgrove Station in Aston Fields, including 350 parking spaces, he explained: “I’d like to suggest that there is this all-singing, all-dancing station just down the road and that we need to be looking at something similar for the Redditch branch line.

“There is a case for all the councils coming up with an argument for a review of the three stations – Barnt Green, Alvechurch and Redditch – together,” he added.

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