South Birmingham rail link plan delayed until 2014 at least
Railway developers face a backlash from campaigners and residents after plans to re-open a Birmingham train line were delayed further.
Passenger transport authority Centro announced plans three years ago to develop parts of the disused Camp Hill train line in south Birmingham.
These developments would see the refurbishment and re-opening of the stations along this line, including those in Hazelwell, Kings Heath and Moseley.
The stations, which have not been used since their closure in 1946, would provide residents in the suburbs with a key link to the city centre.
However, despite receiving a welcoming response from local residents, Centro have delayed the refurbishments until at least 2014.
Esther Boyd, of Moseley campaign group SusMo and the Moseley Forum, described the move by the passenger transport authority as “regrettable”.
“It is highly short-sighted to delay the refurbishment of the line," she added." It would have such a marked effect on the routes in, and out, of Birmingham.”
The Camp Hill line could see travel times into the city centre slashed to under 10 minutes, a journey which takes up to 40 by car.
Steve Swingler, from Centro, called the plans a “long term aspiration”, saying the developments would not begin until 2014 “at the earliest”.
He said, “The number of passengers using the local commuter rail network is now more than 37 million a year.
“As a result we are running out of capacity to run extra trains and need some significant investment to take place.”
Network Rail are currently examining the proposal for these developments, as the funding for them will come from their 2014-2019 allocation.
The Camp Hill line would link to the new Curzon Street station in the city centre, as part of Centro’s £35 million regeneration of the city’s train lines.