Train station ready to open following £30m redevelopment

The new Perry Barr Railway Station has opened following a year-long rebuild.

Transport for West Midlands said the station will be a key gateway for visitors to Alexander Stadium for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Building work began last May with the demolition of the old station.

New facilities include a ticket office and lifts.

The railway station and bus interchange project partnership includes Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), which is part of the West Midland Combined Authority (WMCA), the West Midlands Rail Executive, Birmingham City Council, Network Rail and West Midlands Trains.

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands and chair of the WMCA, said: “The Commonwealth Games this Summer, beyond being 11 exciting days of sporting spectacle, have the potential to deliver a lasting legacy for the people of the West Midlands for generations to come.

“This new station at Perry Barr is a great example of what that lasting legacy for our region actually means. It is a vast improvement on the old station – better lit, more spacious and equipped with much better facilities including lifts to the platform. This is brilliant news for residents but also for Games visitors making their way to the stadium nearby.

“I congratulate everyone involved on getting the project finished on budget and on time and look forward to this station serving the local community for many years to come.”

Funding has been provided by the WMCA, Birmingham City Council, Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

The £30m project costs include the redevelopment of the bus interchange outside the neighbouring One Stop Shopping Centre. This is set to be completed ahead of the Commonwealth Games.