'Every Bromsgrovian should have say on station'

By Carl Jackson Thursday 03 January 2013 Updated: 07/01 11:33

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BROMSGROVE Rail User Group (BRUG) has urged everyone in the district to have their say on the plans for the new station when the latest consultation gets underway on Monday (January 7).

Mike Ponsoby, BRUG's chairman, said: "The new station is the most important infrastructure development in the town for the last 150 years.

"The whole population of Bromsgrove should have their say."

The three-month consultation runs until March 17, giving people plenty of chance to submit views at exhibitions and by filling in surveys.

The proposal, funded by Worcestershire County Council and Centro, will see a new station built to the south of the current one to allow full electrification of the line between the town and Barnt Green.

The project, also backed by the Department for Transport and Network Rail, would see an expanded service with more trains running between Bromsgrove and Birmingham.

It is hoped the improved accessibility between the two locations, as well as Worcester, will bring more business and jobs to the town.

Coun John Smith, Worcestershire County Council's cabinet member for highways and transport, said the scheme was great news for Bromsgrove residents and local businesses and urged as many people as possible to get involved and have their say.

Informative leaflets on the proposal will be delivered to homes near the current station in January and will be available in the town centre Hub, Bromsgrove Library and exhibition buses.

Residents can view the plans and speak to representatives from the organisations involved on exhibition buses when it comes to Bromsgrove Railway Station between 7am and 9.45am and from 4pm to 6pm on January 15, 16, 29 and 30.

Alternatively, the bus will be parked up on the High Street on those days, between 10.30am to 3.30am.

Bromsgrove District Council house on Burcot Lane will also host an exhibition on January 16 between 4pm and 6pm.

Visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/bromsgrovestation to fill in the questionnaire online.

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