21st May, 2019

Berkswell station park and ride to close for car park resurfacing

Les Reid 19th Feb, 2017

Motorists who use Berkswell station park and ride are being warned of disruption from a five-day closure for car park resurfacing works.

The works are due to start at Berkswell station in Balsall Common, from Monday, February 20 to Friday, February 24 inclusive, weather permitting.

The station will remain open but the car park will be closed for the duration of the refurbishment.

The work is being carried out by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), part of the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Motorists are warned they should not leave their vehicles in the car park overnight from Sunday, February 19.

Parking enforcement will be in operation and any vehicle left overnight may be moved by TfWM’s contractor and the cost recovered against the vehicle owner.

Pete Bond, TfWM’s director of transport services, said: “We apologise in advance for any inconvenience these works may cause but they need to be done and once complete will enhance the station environment.

“Motorists can play their part by considering using public transport to get to the station and we encourage those who live within a mile of the station to leave their car at home and to walk or cycle.”

The station is not directly served by a bus but the following routes stop in nearby Balsall Common:

· No83 Solihull-Meriden via Balsall Common

· No87 Coventry-Solihull via Balsall Common

· No88 Solihull-Balsall Common via Knowle

· No 233 Solihull-Kenilworth via Knowle Green, Balsall Common, Tile Hill and Burton Green

Cycle parking is available on the platform for services to Birmingham.

The nearest alternative Park and Ride facilities are at Hampton-in-Arden and Tile Hill stations but existing demand is already high so anyone planning to use these facilities is advised to arrive in enough time to get a space.

TfWM says around £17million has been spent on Park and Ride facilities since 1997 to provide more than 8,500 free spaces at 40 heavy rail car parks and three Midland Metro tram stops across the region.

These spaces are calculated to take around three million journeys off the region’s roads each year, reducing carbon emissions by more than 6,000 tonnes.

For more information about the works, go to www.networkwestmidlands.com/works

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