A new £7.6 million park and ride at Longbridge railway station has opened, following the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.
The multi-storey facility was created to offer motorists on the A38 Bristol Road, south of Birmingham, an alternative to busy traffic – as well as provide an affordable alternative to driving into and parking in Birmingham city centre.
It is one of the city’s largest park and rides, with more than 600 spaces, CCTV security cameras, electric vehicle charging points, and lifts.
It was developed by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). The work was finished in spring 2020, but because the pandemic cut demand for park and rides, it remained closed until recently.
Cllr Ian Ward, the WMCA portfolio lead for transport and leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “This fantastic new car park offers motorists an affordable alternative to driving into and parking in Birmingham city centre or other key destinations like the university and hospital.
“The fact it is now able to open after a year is a sign that the regional economy is beginning to pick up and recover after being hard hit by the pandemic.
“TfWM is investing in park and ride at Longbridge to encourage more people to use public transport and help ease traffic congestion on the very busy A38, contribute to our efforts to cut carbon emissions, reduce pollution and improve our air quality.”
The development has been backed with £1.8 million funding from the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) and Midlands Engine and construction carried out by Bourne Parking.