SILHILLIANS are being called on to have their say on the new-look railway station.
Solihull Council has launched an eight-week consultation after the designs of the proposed transformation of the Station Road site were revealed.
The renovation of Solihull Station has been branded as one of the Council’s most important project and key in helping the town centre fight back from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The designs show an enlarged internal public concourse, upgraded facilities for passengers and enhanced public realm, the rejuvenated station will serve as an exceptional gateway into the town centre.
Subject to scheme development and funding, construction of the new station could start between 2024 and 2026.
Councillor Ken Hawkins, cabinet member for Environment and Infrastructure said: “We are at a really important state of the project where getting feedback from Solihull residents helps us to understand their views and allow us to make sure we design a station they can be proud of.
“The consultation website which the project team have designed is a fantastic and engaging portal which allows viewers to directly comment on website as they click through it. I’m looking forward to hearing what our residents have to say.”
Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands said: “Solihull Station is one of the key transport interchanges in the West Midlands, and so it’s brilliant to see the planned investment that will help improve it for years to come.
“Across the West Midlands we’re undergoing nothing short of a transport revolution, and one of the projects I’m most excited about is our new Sprint rapid buses. I’m therefore delighted that Solihull Council’s plans have provision for Sprint, as well as a dedicated cycle route and prioritisation for pedestrians.”
Residents, businesses and stakeholders can view the designs and comment on them by visiting https://accessingsolihull.confers.com/room/presentation?roomid=3#landing/home
The project team is also hosting a number of webinars where there will be a presentation and a chance to ask questions.
The webinars for all will be held on August 3 from 6pm at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/562651302428130572 and on September 9 from noon at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4522137809584576272
On August 11 at noon there will be a webinar for local businesses at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1315049308338514700
Residents can also send in their feedback via post by sending their response to Solihull Station Engagement, Intervention Architecture, Unit 12 ArtHaus, 80-82 Floodgate Street, Birmingham, B5 5SR.