WORK has begun on a £280,000 revamp of Solihull station this week.
Renovations are being carried out to upgrade the station toilets, booking hall, subway, stairs and waiting room at the station by Chiltern Railways and Network Rail who are working with Solihull council to improve the customer experience.
Work started on Monday (December 3) and is expected to last until the end of February with most of it being done overnight.
Alan Riley, Customer Services Director for Chiltern Railways said: “We’re committed to improving our stations for our customers to continue to make them a pleasant place to be.
“This project is part our continued investment in our stations and we look forward to unveiling these improvements.”
The works come just two months after the £1million Town Centre Approach scheme, which was funded by Solihull Council and the West Midlands Combined Authority, was officially opened.
The scheme has improved access for pedestrians and cyclists to the town centre with Solihull Station, on Station Approach, and Blossomfield Road.
Solihull’s cabinet member for transport and highways, Councillor Ted Richards, said: “This project further builds on our vision for Solihull, through UK Central, to improve accessibility and meet the needs of those living and working in the town.
“We are proud of what Solihull has to offer and therefore I’m happy to support these improvements to Solihull Station which will create an even better welcome for those coming to Solihull to shop, work or visit.”
Rod Sillence, project sponsor for Network Rail, said: “This investment will greatly improve Solihull station for passengers.
“With growing numbers of people choosing to travel by train, upgrades like this are essential.
“These improvements support the ongoing Railway Upgrade Plan, the largest investment in the nation’s railway since Victorian times.”