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Rail station budget hits the buffers

Posted on July 31 2016 at 11:56:26

There is no money left to complete the refurbishment of Alvechurch rail station, parish councillors heard.

Richard Dugdale, of Network Rail, gave the council the news at their July meeting after being pressed to at least complete the fencing.

Concrete blocks still line a part of Station Road near the project, awaiting the installation of safety fencing.

Coun Marc Worrall asked Mr Dugdale: “Can’t you find a couple of thousand pounds to replace the blocks with palisade fencing?”

But Mr Dugdale replied: “The funds have run out on the project. If you haven’t got a few thousand pounds, it is a lot of money.”

Coun Adrian Smith asked how Network Rail’s commitment to build a £1 million footbridge over the line at Cofton Hackett would affect the budget for Alvechurch, still awaiting the resurfaced and marked car park that was part of the planning conditions.

And parish chairman Andy Humphries added: “It’s amazing that £1 million can be found for a few 100 walkers, including me, when we can’t find the money for the car park for thousands of people a year.”

Mr Dugdale replied: “Something has to be done at that crossing.”

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