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£56 million redevelopment of Birmingham’s University station receives funding approval

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West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has agreed the full business case for the £56 million redevelopment University station, meaning  that work can start later this year on building a new fit-for-purpose station with modern facilities and capable of handling 7.2 million passengers a year.

The current 1970s station, one of the busiest in the region, is badly in need of redevelopment to accommodate the four million passengers a year who use it, while allowing for future growth.

Impression of the interior of the redeveloped University station in Birmingham.

Funding to develop the project is being supplied by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), which is part of the WMCA, in consortium with the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City Council, Network Rail, West Midlands Trains and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP. The Department for Transport is contributing of £12 million towards the scheme.

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands.

 Chairman of the WMCA Board is Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street. He said: “I am delighted that the full business case for the new University station has been approved by the board, meaning we can now get on and start building the new station ready for the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

“Over the last decade or so, we have seen huge growth in both the university campus and the hospital site, making University one of the busiest railway stations on our network – but also in need of a major upgrade.

“By working collaboratively with partners across the city, in just a few short years we will be able to offer those many millions of passengers a brand-new state-of-the-art station, which is fit for purpose.

“Not only is this project a brilliant example of teamwork and our ambition to improve public transport across the West Midlands, but infrastructure investments like these are also going to be critical to the region’s economic recovery from coronavirus.”

Birmingham’s University station will be redeveloped to accommodate up to 7.2 million passengers each year.

 Along with the provision of extra rolling stock from West Midlands Trains from 2021, the new station will allow even more staff, visitors and students to take the train and avoid traffic queues on the congested A38.

Cllr Ian Ward.

Cllr Ian Ward, who is WMCA portfolio holder for transport and leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “This new station will not only provide a magnificent gateway to Birmingham for those visitors coming for the Commonwealth Games, but for the many more who pass through here day in, day out.

“Not only that but improved public transport is vital if we are to meet the climate challenge and clean our air. Getting more people onto trains across the region is one of the key elements of our work to reduce traffic congestion and reliance on the car, as we improve our air quality and progress towards a zero-carbon economy.”

The proposed design for the redeveloped University station in Birmingham.

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