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Solihull Disused Platform Regeneration


Scheme: A community project to improve the appearance of Solihull station, making safe a long-disused platform, to allow volunteers to gain access and create an attractive planting scheme.
Client: Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Working Partners: Network Rail, Solihull Community Rail
Scheme Cost: £15m
SLC team: Dave Parker


Solihull is a sought-after town very close to Birmingham. Its station is used by around 1.7 million passengers a year, with fast services to London and Birmingham.

Until the 1960s Solihull station comprised two island platforms, with buildings and canopies. As the quadruple track was reduced to double, one of the platforms was closed off and left unused. Since then the disused platform has become very overgrown and unattractive.

Solihull Council is very keen to turn the platform into an aesthetic and welcoming space, with the intention that a local community group will sustain the project in the long term. The Council brought in experts from SLC Rail to manage the designs and oversee the volunteer project.

Ongoing activity

The Council allocated funding to the project in late 2016 and with SLC Rail applied to Network Rail for a Community Rail License to allow teams of volunteers to access the site.

Once agreement has been given by Network Rail, the next step will be to commission designs. This will include reopening the stairway off the existing subway and making the platform safe for members of the public to gain access to carry out the regeneration work.

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