Longbridge Labour councillor Andy Cartwright has expressed anger at the state of Longbridge train station.
He sent us these pictures snapped on his mobile phone of boarding to the frontage of the station which has been boarded up and left for around two weeks, as well as a heap of rubbish to the side of the station.
Cllr Cartwright is concerned that cuts to the working hours of the station master in Longbridge will lead to further problems. He fears that the station master’s post will eventually be cut all together and has previously expressed how he feels that having a station master helps keep the station and passengers safe.
Cllr Cartwright said: “I am sending a complaint to [Cllr] Timothy Huxtable about this issue … he is the Cabinet Member for Transport and West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority lead member.”
“This is why this station needs to have a station master. The people of Longbridge and Northfield deserve better than this.” he added.
In his letter to Cllr Huxtable, Cllr Cartwright writes: “I have received many complaints from residents from Longbridge and Northfield about the poor conditions at Longbridge train station, the glass doors at the front have been smashed and look terrible. Please can you let the residents know what you intend to do as this is unacceptable. We all know that the station is due to be revamped but this issue needs attention now. Also residents are saying that the station master’s position could be taken away. I do hope this is not the case as this station is used by many students and when the regeneration of Longbridge is complete hopefully more people will use these facilities. I look forward to hearing from you”
Reply from Cllr Huxtable 18/1/12:
Dear Cllr Cartwright
Thank you very much for your emails regarding Longbridge Railway Station.
On a scheduled site visit to Longbridge on Monday (by train), I noticed the
damage to the front of Longbridge Railway Station personally. I have asked
Centro and London Midland (LM) for an update regarding
1. the short term repair, and
2. the refurbishment/revamping
of Longbridge Railway station.
As mentioned in my Lead Member ITA report, Centro has formally objected to
the LM proposed ticket offices opening hours at railway stations in the
centro area, including Longbridge. I have also asked, once the regeneration
of Longbridge is complete, whether regional services can stop at Longbridge
(just as some regional services, like the Cardiff train, currently stop at
University) but at the moment the critical mass and the disruptive effect
to the timtable would not permit this enhancement.
Thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding this matter.
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