City planners have given the green light to a long-awaited new railway station in Birmingham.
The station will be built in the suburb of Moseley and is expected to run two services per hour once operational.
It is one of three new stations planned to serve the south of the city, joining Kings Heath and Hazelwell which all now have planning permission.
The consent comes after years of calls for better rail connections in what are densely populated areas of Birmingham, blighted by traffic jams and ‘rabbit runs’ through residential streets.
The new services will run on the existing Camp Hill line which is currently used predominantly by freight with some passenger services but they do not stop in these suburbs.
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Moseley last had a working railway station in 1941.
The application was approved at the latest meeting of Birmingham City Council’s planning committee where it was given unanimous backing.
Cllr Martin Straker Welds, who represents Moseley, said constituents had been campaigning for this “for decades”.
He said: “We hope and expect Moseley station will be networked across the region through the activation of the Bordesley chords (a plan to unlock extra train capacity at Moor Street Station).”
David Isgrove, chairman of the Moseley Forum, said: “This is fantastic news after years and years of hoping and waiting.
“The opening of the railway station will be of great benefit to the community and we’d really like to thank all those involved in getting this decision through.”
West Midlands Mayor Andy Street added: “The community was overwhelmingly supportive of reopening the Camp Hill line to passenger services for the first time since the Second World War.
“The new station at Moseley will provide residents with easier and faster connections to Birmingham city centre and the wider West Midlands and now with planning permission secured for all three stations we can move on to the next stage.”
Transport for West Midlands and the West Midlands Rail Executive is working with rail industry partners including Network Rail and West Midlands Trains on the development of the new stations.
A timescale for when the station will be open is yet to be announced.