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Stations still waiting

Posted on June 30 2019 at 2:03:26

Barnt Green Parish Council is hoping that long-promised lifts at the railway station may at last be a step nearer.

A letter from Network Rail, passed on to the council by village MP Sajid Javid, stated that it was now working with the Department for Transport on a funding process, with designs and costings to be submitted by the end of this year – with work due to begin shortly afterwards.

The council had previously requested a meeting with the DfT, and parish chairman Robert Cholmondeley reported that the Bromsgrove Engagement and Equalities Forum had agreed to write to the Disabilities Minister on the same matter.

Richard Brooks of West Midlands Rail had also told the council that new branding and signage was now in place at the station, while an extra ticket machine had been installed in the car park.

Councillors agreed to continue to pursue WMR for information screens and extra seating.

*  The “Great Lake of Alvechurch”, which has filled a large portion of the village station’s car park so far this spring and summer, has forced even more cars to park along nearby residential streets, parish councillors heard.

“There are very polarised views,” said district councillor Kate Van Der Plank. “On the same day last week I had someone who had been shouted at by a resident for parking near the station and a resident upset at having their drive blocked.”

The problem may be exacerbated by commuters from Redditch parking at Alvechurch on their way into Birmingham.

Coun Van Der Plank said she had been told of a Redditch social media group “where they were suggesting people drive to Alvechurch for the free parking”.

Parish chairman Marc Worrall said he had contacted county council officials over resolving the car park problems and hoped there would be fresh impetus.

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