Perry Barr railway station in Birmingham has been demolished, clearing the way for the £30 million pound redevelopment.
The unattractive and outdated station building will be replaced with a new, purpose-built standalone station over the next 12 months, due to be ready in time to welcome visitors to the area for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
They will find a light and airy station with increased capacity, offering a vastly improved environment and facilities for passengers including lift access to the platforms, improved ticket office, accessible toilets, CCTV security cameras and cycle parking.
Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street said: “This redevelopment of the eyesore Perry Barr station is long overdue, and I am delighted that just days since being re-elected as Mayor we’ve been able to get on with the work and tear the old station down. It was a hideous building with poor access for wheelchair and pushchairs, and almost certainly put people off using public transport.
“The new, modern, Perry Barr station will have more space, public toilets, better travel information, and CCTV, to create a far better experience for passengers. Given the station will be a gateway to the Commonwealth Games next year, it is absolutely vital we get this much-needed work done.
“The development is also taking shape just at the right time as we look to bounce back quickly from the pandemic – with jobs being created both on site and in the supply chain. Infrastructure projects such as this are going to be critical to my plans to create 100,000 jobs and employment opportunities in just two years.”
The development is being led by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) and the West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE. It is taking place alongside the wider regeneration of Perry Barr which includes a new road layout and thousands of new homes.
The £30 million funding package will also cover the redevelopment of the bus interchange outside the One Stop Shopping centre.