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Solihull rail passengers called on to say how station can be improved

Solihull Editorial 16th Jul, 2019   0

RAIL passengers are being called to have their say on how Solihull train station can be improved.

Over the next three weeks Solihull Council would like users to complete an online questionnaire about the facilities.

Council planners want to hear about first-hand experiences as part of the first step towards developing an improvement plan for the station.

The feedback will be used to help shape the plans, say the council.

This initiative will form part of the wider Solihull Connected transport programme overseen by the Council’s UK Central team – following on from the Town Centre Approach project.

With funding from the West Midlands Combined Authority, the council has commissioned Mott MacDonald to help develop the Solihull Station Integrated Transport Hub.

The development company will also assist in developing the design and business case for the Hub and delivering a masterplan for the station area.

Cabinet member for growth and infrastructure delivery, Coun Ted Richards, said: “We are really lucky to have such a busy and vibrant town centre here in Solihull.

“The ambition behind ‘Solihull Connected’ is to create balanced investment in transport infrastructure.

“We know that the station is already operating at capacity so this is all about ensuring our station is fit for the future.

“This is an opportunity to ensure the station offers passengers and visitors everything they would expect from a modern town centre transport hub.

“It’s important we hear from as many people that use the station as possible, from the daily commuter to the weekend tripper or occasional traveller. These views will help ensure we get it right.”

Solihull train station links the town centre to destinations including Birmingham and London, and serves around 2,500 passengers every day.

Demand is predicted to increase, say council chiefs.

Sandeep Shingadia, director of development and delivery at Transport for West Midlands, said: “With rail passenger numbers set to increase, work needs to be undertaken at Solihull Station if it is going to keep up with growing capacity.

“Engaging with rail users, the very people who will be using this service is a really important first step. We are proud to be supporting Solihull Council with this scheme.”

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