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Reinstatement of Camp Hill Rail Services Moves A Step Closer
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Summary A feasibility study on options for reopening the Camp Hill rail line for local passenger services has recently been completed for Centro-WMPTA and Birmingham City Council.
PR Portfolio Transportation
Reference Number 9918
Press contact Barbara Bojang 0121 303 3885
Issue Date 13 July 2007

A feasibility study on options for reopening the Camp Hill rail line for local passenger services has recently been completed for Centro-WMPTA and Birmingham City Council. A number of stopping patterns and station locations have been investigated and a preferred 20 minute service between Moor Street and Kings Norton for interchange with Cross City rail and bus services has been identified. New stations would be on former sites in Moseley, Kings Heath and Hazelwell.

Councillor Len Gregory, Cabinet Member for Transportation and Street Services for Birmingham City Council welcomed the study findings. He said:

“The reinstatement of local rail services to the former Camp Hill Line has been a long term aspiration of the City and had the full support of Members when proposed by the Council for inclusion in the West Midlands Local Transport Plan. If we can realise these proposals then the scheme will relieve congestion and improve access to these important local centres.”

Councillor Roger Horton, lead member for Rail and Rapid Transit on the West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority, said:

“Our local rail network is a success story with passenger numbers rising 5% or more each year. The study has shown that a local service can be reintroduced on this mainly freight line by constructing a chord at Bordesley and making use of the new platforms at Moor Street. We now have the challenge of working on the detail, the business case and securing funding”.

Local Councillors Martin Mullaney and Timothy Huxtable, who proposed the original motion at the City Council, welcomed the findings.

“There has been a campaign locally, for reinstatement of services. We are pleased that the study has shown there is a commercial case. We call on the rail industry to work together with the City on the considerable work needed to bring this scheme to fruition.”

Note to Editors

The Study was undertaken by the Halcrow Group for Centro and Birmingham City Council. It was commissioned to investigate options, costs and benefits for reinstating passenger services on the Camp Hill rail line between Bordesley and Kings Norton, taking advantage of the spare terminal capacity at Moor Street.

Options investigated for services included diversion of some existing services from New Street, additional services to Bromsgrove/Worcester, part conversion to metro, turning back at Kings Norton or a combination. Station sites investigated include Brighton Road, Moseley, Kings Heath, Pineapple Road (Hazelwell).

The preferred option for taking forward for further work is for a 20 minute service between Kings Norton and Moor Street stopping at Hazelwell, Kings Heath and Moseley with journey times quicker than by car. Capital costs at current prices including a new viaduct at Bordesley would amount to £40 million at current prices. The new service is predicted to attract 1 million extra rail trips a year. It includes reinstatement of the island platform at Kings Norton.

Contact Officers:

Chris Haynes, Head of Transportation Strategy, Birmingham City Council
Peter Sargant, Assistant Director Rail Services , Centro

Last updated - Friday 13 July 2007 Return to Top | Printer Friendly