WEST Midlands Mayor, Andy Street is calling on the Government to grant planning permission for a new railway station in Castle Bromwich.
Mr Street says a new railway station serving Castle Bromwich would connect local people with new opportunities, support business and promote investment into the area.
Since becoming Mayor planning permission has been granted for stations in South Birmingham and the Black country, and Mr Street now intends to lobby Ministers to back the Castle Bromwich proposal.
Mr Street, whose 20-year transport plan for the region is gathering pace with planning permission secured for five new railway stations, says Castle Bromwich could be one of the big winners from the next round of proposals.
He said: “We are making real progress with opening new stations, and a new round of bids to the Government’s “Restoring your Railways” fund is about to go in – and Castle Bromwich is an important part of our vision.
“We’re looking at new stations at the Fort and Castle Vale-Castle Bromwich, as part of a third cross-city line that would link up with the Camp Hill line.
“It is a big priority to improve public transport in north east Birmingham and the north of Solihull borough, to help ease congestion – and this plan for two new stations would be a major step forward.”
Meriden MP Saqib Bhatti is backing the plan along with the leader of Solihull Council Councillor Ian Courts.
Coun Courts, said: “We are determined to improve public transport across and within the whole borough. The idea of a new station serving Castle Bromwich would be of huge benefit to north Solihull.”
Mr Street said the new station would improve rail links for local people and improve connectivity for large employers like Jaguar Land Rover.