Work has begun on a multi-storey car park at Longbridge railway station, to reduce congestion for commuters in South Birmingham.
Set to open in Spring 2020, there will be a total of 629 spaces available to use at the new £7 million facility, a vast increase from the 102 available previously. The new park and ride facility will enable more commuters to park their cars and continue their journeys by train, which in turn will reduce traffic and pollution on the A38 Bristol Road route.
The development was backed by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and Midlands Engine.
Katie Trout, Director of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership said:
GBSLEP is proud to be supporting and part-funding the construction of the Longbridge Multi-Storey car park. This new provision will not only significantly increase capacity and reduce congestion into the city, it will also benefit the local community and wider economy as part of a packet of measures to improve connectivity into the Greater Birmingham area.”
The former car park was often at capacity by 8am each weekday, this new provision will help manage the demand for spaces more effectively.
Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said:
Park and ride facilities are a key part of our plans to encourage people to use public transport for the main part of their commute. Longbridge car park was jam packed each morning, so I am delighted we are able to offer 500 more spaces. This will help us ease congestion and cut pollution.”
Contractor Bourne Parking is building the multi-storey for Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).
Cllr Ian Ward, WMCA portfolio holder for transport and leader of Birmingham City Council, said:
Longbridge is one of many places we are looking to improve or develop new park and ride facilities across the West Midlands. This will be open by the time the clean air zone is introduced and I would urge commuters from the south of Birmingham to consider parking here instead of driving into the city centre.”