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Until 14 December, Transport for West Midlands are ‘seeking feedback’ on plans for ‘new’ stations at Hazelwell, Kings Heath, and Moseley, on the Camp Hill line. These stations would be built in much the same locations as the original ones, closed as an economy measure during World War 2.

TfWM, Camp Hill stations engagement, 2018

TfWM’s consultation document says that a restored local train service on the Camp Hill line would

* widen the choice of transport options and decrease reliance on cars
* reduce congestion on the A435 Alcester Road and surrounding routes
* decrease air and noise pollution from traffic congestion
* address long journey times into central Birmingham, and
* improve capacity to bring goods and services in and out of the area.

However, TfWM are not consulting on the train service, only on the design of the three stations (as plans for a station at Balsall Heath have disappeared, without explanation).

As the revived Camp Hill stopping service would run just twice an hour, to and from Birmingham New Street station, it is hard to see how there could be much impact on road congestion or pollution.

TfWM plans three new stations on the Camp Hill line

Ambitions for a more practical service, into Birmingham’s Moor Street station, appear to be going nowhere, perhaps because the proposed Camp Hill chords at Bordesley have not been thought through properly. It seems safe to assume that the bus (National Express WM #50) will remain the most relevant public transport mode on the Moseley Road corridor, for the foreseeable future.

Judging from the artists’ impressions, the chosen station designs leave a lot to be desired. For example, the canopies over part of the platforms would be supported by poles on the platforms themselves, creating a sort of obstacle course for people getting on and off.

Lacklustre stations, and a mediocre train service. Why does it have to be like this?

A few years ago, West Midlands councillors were vociferous in their demands that all local rail stations should have ticket offices 'manned' during service hours. But in the new stations consultation document, there seems to be no sign of any ticket offices

At least TfWM do not seem to be frothing at the mouth about the idea of trees on railway property, unlike sections of the ‘enthusiast’ press.

TfWM impression of Moseley station, 2018

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Written by beleben

November 22, 2018 at 11:50 am

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