Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) has appointed construction firm VolkerFitzpatrick to build three railway stations on the Camp Hill line in south Birmingham.
Design work is due to start later this Spring with work on site to begin in November, with the stations due to be completed later next year, after which the rail services will begin.
TfWM said the project will offer south Birmingham residents an environmentally friendly alternative to using the car and experiencing traffic jams.
A spokesperson said: “This will give commuters from Hazelwell station in Stirchley a 14-minute journey into the city centre by rail compared to a peak time journey by car of up to 45 minutes.”
TfWM, which is part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) also said it should help with traffic issues along the Alcester Road in Kings Heath.
VolkerFitzpatrick is currently also working on the University Station redevelopment for TfWM.
The WMCA is providing £36 million towards the cost, with £20 million from the Department for Transport (DfT) and the remaining £5 million from Birmingham City Council’s clean air zone fund. West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE) is also leading the project.
What have the project leads said about the latest developments on the Camp Hill line in their own words?
Malcolm Holmes, who is both executive director of WMRE and director of rail with TfWM, said: “This is a major milestone towards seeing passenger trains restored on the Camp Hill line, with the contractor in place and construction crews gearing up to get on site.
“This means that, after several years of planning and development, we are now entering the final phase and it will not be too long before these stations are complete and open to the travelling public.”
Mike Evans, operations director for VolkerFitzpatrick, said: “I am delighted that TfWM has chosen to work again with VolkerFitzpatrick, with this project delivering three new stations on the Camp Hill Line. It’s testament to our ability to work well with local communities and stakeholders during the build.
“Our team are excited to be part of these ambitious plans to create an improved transport network, that will support the region’s ambition to be net zero carbon by 2041.”
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