27 September 2019
Reacting to the plans to build Kings Heath and Hazelwell railway stations in south Birmingham, Darren Shirley, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:
"This brings the reopening of the Camp Hill Line a step closer: great news for commuters in a part of Birmingham which currently has no passenger rail.
"Many more such reopenings are needed: the Government should invest in a nationally led programme of expansion of the railway to help disadvantaged communities and tackle regional inequalities, reduce carbon emissions and air pollution, and create better and healthier places to live."
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Notes to Editors
The announcement about the Kings Heath and Hazelwell Railway Station plans can be read on the West Midlands Rail Executive website.
Campaign for Better Transport's February 2019 report, The case for expanding the rail network, outlines how a national reopening programme would initially create 33 new rail lines with 72 new stations, allowing an additional 20 million rail passenger journeys a year by bringing over 500,000 people within walking distance of a train station. It would also create or safeguard up to 6,500 jobs in construction and engineering and 1,650 new railway jobs.
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