Moseley, Kings Heath and Hazelwell on the Camp Hill Line get Funding to Reopen
Work being carried out to clear Moseley railway station site
ahead of construction (Image: WMCA)
Passenger rail services are set to reopen in the southern part of Birmingham after funding was agreed by the region’s combined authority on March 19.
West Midlands Combined Authority’s (WMCA) board approved funding for the reopening of train stations at Moseley, Kings Heath and Hazelwell on the Camp Hill line - currently only used by freight or through services.
The WMCA has said commuters from Hazellwell station in Stirchley will have a 14-minute journey into the city centre by rail compared to a journey by car of up to 45 minutes during peak times.
The project is being funded with £36 million from the WMCA, £20 million from the Department for Transport and £5 million from Birmingham City Council’s Clean Air Zone.
The meeting also heard the existing Cross-City Line will drop down from six to four trains per hour – though it was also heard this is due to a prediction of reduced demand until 2030.
Cllr Lisa Trickett (Lab), Birmingham city councillor for Brandwood and Kings Heath and chair of the combined authority’s overview and scrutiny committee, praised the move. She said: “Clearly in seeing the potential opening of the Camp Hill stations within this financial statement, I must pay credit to the community that I live in and represent for their long-fought battle to see these stations come through.