Perry Barr railway station has been demolished clearing the way for the £30m new redevelopment.

Time lapse footage shows the station and attached row of shops pulled down at night to avoid disruption to the rail services still using the line.

A new purpose-built standalone station will be constructed over the next 12 months.

They will find a light and airy station with increased capacity, offering a vastly improved environment and facilities for passengers including lift access to the platforms, improved ticket office, accessible toilets, CCTV security cameras and cycle parking.

More than 40 people are employed on this development, with many more jobs and businesses being supported through the construction supply chain.

Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “This redevelopment of the eyesore Perry Barr station is long overdue, and I am delighted that just days since being re-elected as Mayor we’ve been able to get on with the work and tear the old station down. It was a hideous building with poor access for wheelchair and pushchairs, and almost certainly put people off using public transport.

“The new, modern, Perry Barr station will have more space, public toilets, better travel information, and CCTV, to create a far better experience for passengers. Given the station will be a gateway to the Commonwealth Games next year, it is absolutely vital we get this much-needed work done.

“The development is also taking shape just at the right time as we look to bounce back quickly from the pandemic – with jobs being created both on site and in the supply chain. Infrastructure projects such as this are going to be critical to my plans to create 100,000 jobs and employment opportunities in just two years.”

SLC Rail is managing the project in a joint venture with AECOM.   The development, being led by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) and the West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), is taking place alongside the wider regeneration of Perry Barr which includes a new road layout and thousands of new homes.

Subeagh Singh, Project Manager at SLC Rail said: “The demolition of the old station was a key milestone and brings us a big step forward to creating this brand-new station.  We’re all really excited about the lasting impact this development will have to the lives of the people working and living in Perry Barry and we will continue to push ahead.”