There is now an opportunity for people to ask for a new passenger service at Moseley, Balsall Heath, Kings Heath and Stirchley (closed 1941). 10,000 people probably live along this line, today.
Centro has a draft 'Rail Development Plan' and this is open to public consultation until 11th September 2009. It includes a passenger service along the existing ‘Camp Hill line’ calling at these stations and using a new curve, to be built to connect the line into Moor Street station.
Centro is asking if this scheme should be a priority for funding. The danger is that if people don't reply, it may move down the priority list, and further into the future. Currently, a service is at least 9 years away.
Public consultation is open already and ends on September 11th. Please;
· Use this opportunity to register your concern, by sending an email to David Ride at Centro (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Feel free to use the draft email below, and do add your own comments
· If you represent an organisation and can write a letter on their behalf, this will carry even more weight
· Pass this email on to others
If you want a map of the route see http://www.mappa-mercia.org/
To see pictures of your former stations click on map at http://www.railaroundbirmingham.co.uk/regional_map.php
For Centro’s draft Rail Development Plan see http://www.centro.org.uk/consultation/rail_development_plan.asp
Summary (Table 1.4 & 1.5 pp13-15)
To David Ride
Centro, 16 Summer Lane
Birmingham B19 3SD
RE; Draft West Midlands Rail Development Plan – Public Consultation
I am writing to you to support the re-opening of the stations on the 'Camp Hill' rail line across South Birmingham.
A frequent local passenger service is urgently needed to relieve traffic congestion and parking problems, by offering an alternative to cars and buses in South Birmingham
A curve at Bordesley to take trains into Moor Street should be built to add rail capacity, preferably before the rebuilding of New Street station begins.
Therefore, the South Birmingham ‘Camp Hill’ rail line and its stations should be a high priority for funding in the West Midlands Rail Development Plan, and the dates in the draft plan 2014 for funding, 2018 for re-opening should be brought forward, by any means possible.
I would appreciate a reply, and would like to be kept informed of the progress of the above project.