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.
Len Gregory, Cabinet Member for Transportation and Street Services for
Birmingham City Council welcomed the study findings. He said:
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
Councillor Roger Horton, lead member for Rail and
Rapid Transit on the West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority, said:
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
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
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).
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.
Haynes, Head of Transportation Strategy, Birmingham City Council
Sargant, Assistant Director Rail Services , Centro