After new illustrative plans were shared recently, consultation on the new design for Solihull Station begins today, lasting for 8 weeks. The transformation of Solihull Station is one of the Council’s most important project and key in helping the town centre fight back from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The emerging designs for wholesale redevelopment of Solihull Station are both sustainable and ambitious. With an enlarged internal public concourse, upgraded facilities for passengers and enhanced public realm, the rejuvenated station will serve as an exceptional gateway into the town centre.
The consultation website is now live. Residents, businesses and stakeholders can view the designs and add their comments. The project team is also hosting a number of webinars where you can listen to a short presentation about the new designs and then have the chance to ask questions.
Another key part of the consultation is the online survey which can be accessed by clicking here. This round of consultation aims to respond to and build upon previous engagement activity carried out in the summer of 2019.
Subject to scheme development and funding, construction of the new station could start between 2024 and 2026.
Councillor Ken Hawkins, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure said:
“Since we unveiled the new images of the station design a few days ago, they’ve been met with a lot of positivity and excitement. We are at a really important state of the project where getting feedback from Solihull residents helps us to understand their views and allow us to make sure we design a station they can be proud of.
“The consultation website which the project team have designed is a fantastic and engaging portal which allows viewers to directly comment on website as they click through it. I’m looking forward to hearing what our residents have to say.”
Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands said:
“Solihull Station is one of the key transport interchanges in the West Midlands, and so it’s brilliant to see the planned investment that will help improve it for years to come.
“Across the West Midlands we’re undergoing nothing short of a transport revolution, and one of the projects I’m most excited about is our new Sprint rapid buses. I’m therefore delighted that Solihull Council’s plans have provision for Sprint, as well as a dedicated cycle route and prioritisation for pedestrians.
“As Mayor I’m looking forward to working with Solihull Council, Network Rail, and the other project partners to turn this impressive vision for the Solihull Station into reality.”
Residents can also send in their feedback via post by sending their response to the following address:
Solihull Station Engagement
Unit 12 ArtHaus
80-82 Floodgate Street