Solihull Council is asking rail passengers for their views on its busy town centre train station and how it can be improved.
Over the course of a three week long engagement exercise, passengers are being asked to complete an online questionnaire about the current facilities and their use of the station. Council planners want to hear from passengers about their experiences as part of the first step towards developing an improvement plan for the station.
First opened in 1852, Solihull train station links the town centre to key destinations such as Birmingham and London, and serves around 2,500 passengers every day. Research suggests this demand is only set to increase.
This initiative will a form key part of the wider Solihull Connected transport programme being overseen by the Council’s UK Central team and follows on from the successful Town Centre Approach project.
Using funding secured from the West Midlands Combined Authority, the Council has commissioned Mott MacDonald to help develop the Solihull Station Integrated Transport Hub. They will also assist in developing the design and business case for the Hub and delivering a masterplan for the station area.
Cabinet Member for Growth & Infrastructure Delivery, Cllr Ted Richards OBE said:
“We are really lucky to have such a busy and vibrant town centre here in Solihull.
“The ambition behind ‘Solihull Connected’ is to create balanced investment in transport infrastructure. We know that the station is already operating at capacity so this is all about ensuring our station is fit for the future.
“This is an opportunity to ensure the station offers passengers and visitors everything they would expect from a modern town centre transport hub. It’s important we hear from as many people that use the station as possible, from the daily commuter to the weekend tripper or occasional traveller. These views will help ensure we get it right.”
Sandeep Shingadia, Director of Development & Delivery at Transport for West Midlands said:
“With rail passenger numbers set to increase, work needs to be undertaken at Solihull Station if it is going to keep up with growing capacity. Engaging with rail users, the very people who will be using this service is a really important first step. We are proud to be supporting Solihull Council with this scheme.”
Passengers are being encouraged to take part in an online questionnaire to give their views. This feedback will be used to help shape a number of preferred plans for the improvement and renovation works. Station users have until Friday 26 July to respond to the online survey which can be found at: https://www.solihull.gov.uk/Resident/Parking-travel-roads/roadworks-and-restrictions/Solihull-Station-Transport-Hub