£280k is being invested to improve the customer experience at Solihull Station by Chiltern Railways, Network Rail and in partnership with Solihull Council.
Work will start on 3 December and is expected to last until the end of February, most of it will be undertaken overnight to ensure minimum disruption to customers.
The new £280k scheme will see work being undertaken to upgrade the station toilets, booking hall, subway, stairs and the waiting room at the station. It follows hot on the heels of the Town Centre Approach scheme, which was funded by Solihull Council and the West Midlands Combined Authority, and has improved access for pedestrians and cyclists supporting the delivery of the Town Centre’s masterplan.
Alan Riley, Customer Services Director for Chiltern Railways, said:
“We’re committed to improving our stations for our customers to continue to make them a pleasant place to be. This project is part our continued investment in our stations and we look forward to unveiling these improvements.”
Solihull’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways, Councillor Ted Richards, said:
“This project further builds on our vision for Solihull, through UK Central, to improve accessibility and meet the needs of those living and working in the town. We are proud of what Solihull has to offer and therefore I’m happy to support these improvements to Solihull Station which will create an even better welcome for those coming to Solihull to shop, work or visit.”
Rod Sillence, project sponsor for Network Rail, said:
“This investment will greatly improve Solihull station for passengers. With growing numbers of people choosing to travel by train, upgrades like this are essential. These improvements support the ongoing Railway Upgrade Plan, the largest investment in the nation’s railway since Victorian times.”