Transport User Voice – August 2022 – Countdown to the Commonwealth Games

21 July 2022

A look at the West Midlands

The West Midlands is brimming with excitement as the Commonwealth Games are fast approaching. Our involvement with the Grand Railway Collaboration and the Commonwealth Games steering group, means we are working hard with all transport operators to provide the best possible passenger experience during the games. This includes signage at stations, volunteer training and event guides which are all now in place. It will be fantastic to welcome the games themselves along with many visitors to the region.

To coincide with this, a new offer is available across the West Midlands where anyone over sixteen will be able to ride a bike or eBike for 30 minutes twice a day for free. This is through an app and will be available from 27 July to 8 August. There are more than 1500 bikes for hire across the region, including 150 eBikes, and more than two hundred docking stations.

The new Perry Barr railway station was given the seal of approval by rail minister Wendy Morton on a recent visit. This was part of a week where she based herself at the Department for Transport office in Birmingham.

We have also long supported the reintroduction of the Camp Hill line in south Birmingham where two of three new stations will be built. The public will get to choose their names via an open vote. So, alongside Kings Heath the region looks forward to welcoming new stations at Pineapple Road and Moseley Village with construction starting later this year.


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