RAILWAY COMES CLOSER….

Plans to bring back passenger services on the railway line linking Balsall Heath, Moseley , Kings Heath , Kings Norton and the city centre have received a boost. The Government asked areas to name long-closed rail lines which should be revived, as part of a major new rail strategy.
The West Midlands Combined Authority is set to tell the Government that the Camp Hill line should be top of the list. This line is still operative but at present only carries freight, not passengers. It could mean re-opening train stations at Moseley, Kings Heath and Balsall Heath.

Balsall Heath had two stations in the past – one at Brighton Road, and one at Camp Hill (Highgate Rd.) The Brighton Rd. station was bombed during World War 2, and neither of the stations has been open since the 1940’s. Now the Balsall Heath Neighbourhood Plan proposes a station in the middle of the neighbourhood – and this is being seriously considered by WM Transport. West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has pledged to get work started on the Birmingham to Moseley and Kings Heath rail line by the time his first term of office ends in 2020.

Left is an artist’s impression of how the entrance/exit from the Balsall Heath station might look in the future. Wouldn’t it be good to have an easy route to Balsall Heath’s many attractions of cuisine, fashion, jewellery, etc., for the tourists who will come to Birmingham for the 2022 Commonwealth Games? And of course, be nice to get in and out of town without fighting through continuous traffic jams….