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Partners Welcome New Street Funding Announcement
 
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Summary The key partners behind the New Street Station scheme today welcomed the announcement by the Department for Transport (DfT) to give the green light to Network Rail's £128 million contribution to the Gateway project, the first of 3 tranches of funding required.
PR Portfolio Transportation
Reference Number 9966
Press contact Barbara Bojang on 0121 303 3885
Issue Date 24 July 2007

The key partners behind the New Street Station scheme today welcomed the announcement by the Department for Transport (DfT) to give the green light to Network Rail’s �128 million contribution to the Gateway project, the first of 3 tranches of funding required.

Mike Whitby, Chairman of the Steering Committee which is overseeing the scheme, urged the Government to make a swift decision on the two outstanding applications for funds, which are required to allow the �550 million project to go ahead.

He said “This is good news for Birmingham. The redevelopment of New Street Station is one of the vital components in our plans for a �10 billion transformation of Birmingham City Centre over the next 10 years. Today's announcement is positive news and we can now begin to see the key elements of this complex project fitting together.

"The redevelopment of New Street is essential for Birmingham. To be a global city we must have world-class transport infrastructure that serves both our visitors and the local community.

"We warmly welcome today's announcement, but it is only a third of what we require. I shall continue to maintain the pressure on Government to deliver what they have promised us - a station fit for the 21st century city.

"I am confident of further announcements later in the year which will enable the Steering Group to push ahead with our ambitious plans so we can play our role in the nation's growth agenda. In order to deliver the scheme it is essential that all the funding is secured, as quickly as possible."

John Edwards, Chief Executive of Advantage West Midlands, said:

"The future prosperity of the West Midlands economy will be helped enormously by Birmingham having a station which creates the right first impression for the region. We have assessed plans for New Street and the Gateway scheme is one of the better solutions that will unlock the regional economy and drive growth still further. We welcome the announcement of this first tranche of funding."

Cllr Gary Clarke, Chairman of Centro-WMPTA said:

"The region’s rail network carries 33 million passengers a year, and is also the hub of the UK network. It is vital to both the regional and UK economy. It is essential that New Street is transformed, and we support the Governments decision to back Gateway in its High Level Output Statement."

Martin Chambers, Programme Director for New Street at Network Rail, added:

"Every year more people use New Street Station than Gatwick – equating to twice as many as originally planned. Network Rail has made redeveloping New Street station a top priority in our plans for the national rail network, and we welcome the Government's commitment to this vital project. The Gateway scheme will unlock growth at New Street and offer passengers the kind of facilities they deserve."


 
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