L-R: Cllr Roger Horton, Cllr Tahir Ali, Mark Goodall
Cllr Roger Horton, left, Cllr Tahir Ali and Mark Goodall

Work on a new free-to-use Park and Ride car park next to Longbridge railway station has finally begun!

The car park will provide just over 102 free parking spaces at the Longbridge Lane site and has been designed by Centro and Longbridge developers  St Modwen.

Costing around £700,000 to build, the car park should be completed before Christmas and will feature CCTV including a monitored walking route to the station, Help Points and energy efficient lighting.

Cllr Roger Horton, Centro lead member for rail, said: “This is good news for commuters as it means this busy station now has a dedicated car park, something which will ease the pressure on other nearby stations.

“It is also good news for the environment as more spaces means more people are able to use Park and Ride, which means more cars off the roads.

“This work will add to the other investment in the regeneration of this area which is taking place at the moment, such as the new Bournville College.”

Cllr Tahir Ali, Cabinet Member for Development, Jobs and Skills at Birmingham City Council said: “This excellent scheme is the latest chapter in the regeneration of Longbridge and the creation of the new local centre.

“I am delighted this vibrant development has a railway station at its heart, and the new car park will do much to encourage people to leave their vehicles there and use the train.”

Mark Goodall, head of Cross City Service for London Midland trains, said: “We know from what our passengers tell us that car parking is high on their agenda. This development creates that important link between road and rail and gives more people access to the Cross City line”.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Is 102 spaces really enough?

    Using Kings Norton Station, you have to get there extremely early to get a parking space, a lot of time end up driving to Selly Oak hoping for a space.

  2. I agree with DH – 102 spaces seems completely inadequate for a station as busy as Longbridge.

    Sure, it’s a vast improvement on ZERO but looking at how busy Selly Oak & Northfield get so early in the day (mon-fri) , I doubt there will be a space left after about 7.45am at Longbridge during the working week.

  3. At long last, although as others have said, 102 spaces will soon fill up. Still at least it’s a step forward and better than nothing at all.

  4. Whatever happened to the multistorey car park we were promised? I remember several years ago we were asked our opinion about what colour it should be!
    Also how are they going to stop anyone using it for parking for the college or the shops and avoiding charges or parking time limitations?

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