Local councillor and leading campaigner for a new station on Castle Vale, Ann Holtom, has welcomed the news that Network Rail has included a proposal in their development plan to extend the existing rail service from Worcester to Tamworth.If this proposal is accepted, trains could be running within five years long the extended route with trains calling at Castle Vale and the The Fort when detailed plans have been developed for the new stations.
This is a tremendous victory for residents who have supported Ann Holtom's campaign for a station on the Vale.
To increase the pressure on Network Rail and the Transport Authority to deliver the new station Ann is asking residents to sign a further petition calling or the development of detailed plans for the new station - to ensure delays are kept to a minimum.
Vale station key facts:
- 97% of residents support plans for a new station
- 20 minute service
- reduced journey time - nine minutes from Castle Vale into the city centre
- easier access to employment opportunities
- less congestion on local roads
- reduced CO2 emissions