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.