Commuters in south west Birmingham are being urged to make use of the new multi-storey Park & Ride facility at Longbridge when it opens in Spring 2020. 

With 629 spaces, the car park – adjacent to Longbridge Railway Station – will be one of the largest park and ride facilities in the city.

The development fits with the wider plan to encourage commuters on to public transport, avoiding traffic jams and charges related to Birmingham’s clean air zone which is set to be implemented in July.

Chargeable at £3 per day and accessible via Devon Way, the five deck car park will boast all modern facilities including; CCTV security, electric vehicle charging points, lifts and a range of fast and convenient ways to pay.

Costing £7.6 million, the car park has been developed by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), to meet soaring demand for park and ride in south Birmingham and give motorists an alternative to the busy A38 Bristol Road.

From the neighbouring station there are frequent train services to a range of popular destinations including Birmingham city centre, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and University of Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield as well as connections with the national rail network at New Street Station.

TfWM managing director Laura Shoaf said: “Our existing park and ride facilities, which provide more than 8,800 spaces, have proved so popular that most are full to overflowing by 8am each morning.

“So we have built a multi-storey facility which means that commuters from the south of Birmingham can be sure they will be able to find a space no matter what time of day they travel.

“This car park, one of the largest of its kind in the region, is nearly completed, so I would urge commuters to consider using it as an alternative to the Bristol Road.”

The development has been backed with £1.8 million funding from the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) and Midlands Engine and the construction carried out by Bourne Parking.

There will be a fee of £3 per day to use the car park. Motorists will be able to drive straight in and pay later with a range of easy options available – including cash, contactless or credit/debit card at a ticket machine, via the Swift transport smart card or alternatively pay online.

The decision to build a five deck park and ride facility and fund it through charging was taken by the West Midlands Combined Authority Board in February 2018. The existing 106 space surface car park closed in February last year, with construction getting underway in May 2019.

3 COMMENTS

  1. If you want commuters to use it it should be a nominal fee ie £1 or you get the fee refunded / off set by your train fare. For £3 it would NOT make me use it As I will continue to park in nearby roads for free. Fares are high enough already and you need to give commuters an incentive to use it.£3 isn’t an inventive. That’s nearly £10 per day (£3 parking and £6 return) fare!! Think there are gonna be plenty of empty spaces!!

  2. The fee to park is rather expensive, especially when the old surface car park was free for people using the train. The majority of people who will use this car park are commuters who travel into the city centre by train, so £18.00 a week on top of the cost of using the train is a considerable amount of money. I therefore agree with Mic that there is potentially going to be a lot of empty spaces and continued parking in local roads. Whoever set the £3.00 fee needs to think very carefully and drastically reduce this or better still, provide free parking again.

  3. The facility could help out local residents who may find that there is a chance that parking in the roads will be reduced however the fee, as Sarah and Mic Cooley point out, may nullify the benefits of constructing this rather ugly-looking building now gracing the skyline of Longbridge and people might still park in local streets to avoid the fee.

    For me another worry is that this may encourage people from some distance away to come to Longbridge and use the trains into town which would be a good thing if the trains were not already so crowded at the times when commuters are travelling backwards and forwards to work. And of course people will still have to drive to the car park which will result in the traffic on Longbridge Lane becoming even more congested than it often is at present. If that happens no doubt the Labour Council will come along and set up a congestion zone in the area as it plans to do in the city centre and by doing so try to squeeze even more money out of south-west Birmingham commuters.

    It’s all very well insisting people use public transport (as I always do) but if the public transport service is not good enough and the plans for forcing people to do so have been so rushed and badly thought out as the council’s current one has been then the residents of south-west Birmingham living around Longbridge station and travelling to town are in for an even more miserable time than at present.

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