New Gateway plan for Birmingham

New jobs are being created in Birmingham city centre, UK, at a rapid rate. Rail plays an important role, with one in five peak commuters into the city centre arriving by train. Centro-West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority has made extensive investment in the cross-conurbation rail network e.g. the Lichfield-Redditch CrossCity line and the Stourbridge-Warwick axis running through Snow Hill station. The increase in patronage on local rail has led to capacity problems. Ways of accommodating extra passengers are being investigated. The Birmingham Gateway plans for enhancing Birmingham New Street station have been submitted for Government funding approval. Suggestions for the long-term include building new connecting lines to allow some services using New Street to be diverted to the unused platforms at Moor Street station. Other possible improvements include increasing frequencies on the CrossCity line branch to Redditch by providing a passing loop at Alvechurch. Obtaining more rolling stock to cater for growth is seen as a problem for all Passenger Transport Executives. Future changes to the franchise are outlined. (A)

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 46-47
  • Serial:
    • MODERN RAILWAYS
    • Volume: 63
    • Issue Number: 697
    • Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing, Limited
    • ISSN: 0026-8356

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01043711
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Mar 9 2007 8:11AM