Local Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom has welcomed the publication of the Movement for Growth strategic transport plan for the West Midlands, designed to use transport improvements to promote economic expansion. The plans which would transform public transport across Birmingham include proposals for new suburban rail lines and stations for Castle Vale and Castle Bromwich for which Ann has been campaigning.
Ann said: "It has been my privilege to campaign for years with local residents to bring back a station to Castle Vale. This now long overdue need to improve local transport links would shorten journey times into Birmingham city centre and increase social mobility. The Movement for Growth plans would also bring new jobs and help expand the local economy.
The decision by Birmingham's Labour council to sell land vital to the potential redevelopment of local rail links has proved damaging but the Movement for Growth blueprint gives hope that wiser heads will prevail and once the proposals are implemented we will see the re-opening of a station on Castle Vale. As ever, I will continue to lobby Birmingham City Council, Network Rail, the Transport Authority and the government, to support local residents' fight for the transport connections they deserve."
You can see the proposals in full at: http://www.wmita.org.uk/strategy-and-publications.aspx