Help name the new station

Do you want to help decide what the new train station should be called?

Map of new station in Stirchley

West Midlands Rail Exec (WMRE) are calling on residents to take part in a survey to decide the names of two of the new stations, one in Moseley and the other in Stirchley.

From the 11 – 25th May, the public can choose their preferred name for the station by visiting the WMRE website. For the new station in the Stirchley Ward, the choice is between three options: the previous name of the station that closed in 1941, Hazelwell; Pineapple Road, where the station will be located; or Stirchley, the council borough where most of the station resides.

Visit the WMRE website here to vote.

Wickes to end residential parking privileges

Photo of a letter reading; Dear Resident,From -Wickes Home Improvements.
We have allowed residents to park in the carpark over the years. As from next week
(25/4/2022) we will unfortunately require the spaces to be vacant. We will have a carpark
management agency in place called G24. This will be in place to allow customers to park (90
minutes maximum in store hours) as we see an uplift in sales due to the store being refitted
and a reduction in spaces due to the delivery entrance extending.
I hope you understand and support the request.
Kind Regards, Management @ Wickes Stirchley.

Residents who have enjoyed free parking on the Wickes car park have been informed that the offer will no longer be available.

In a letter left on cars today, motorists have been advised that from 25th April 2022 a new scheme will be in place where the Wickes car park will be managed by G24, as they expect an upturn in sales due to the store being refitted. Motorists will be permitted to park for up to 90 minutes in store hours, according to the letter.

The letter states; “Dear Resident,From -Wickes Home Improvements.
We have allowed residents to park in the carpark over the years. As from next week (25/4/2022) we will unfortunately require the spaces to be vacant. We will have a carpark management agency in place called G24. This will be in place to allow customers to park (90 minutes maximum in store hours) as we see an uplift in sales due to the store being refitted and a reduction in spaces due to the delivery entrance extending.
“I hope you understand and support the request.
“Kind Regards, Management @ Wickes Stirchley.”

Ash Tree Road homeowner Vicky has started this petition to ask Wickes to reconsider the move (click here).

Thank you to Mick at Stirchley.co.uk for use of the photo

Great Birmingham Run 2022 – Stirchley road closures

The route for the Great Birmingham Run takes place on Sunday 1st May includes some road closures in Stirchley.

Roads in Stirchley include Pershore Road, Hazelwell Street, Mary Vale Road and Bournville Lane. Roads will be closed to vehicles for a significant portion of the day whilst the course is set up, runners travel through the course and broken down. Buses will also be rerouted and emergency services will be aware of the road closures.

The full route is below.

Network Rail advise of overnight tree removal

Network Rail have written to residents living near the cross-city line to inform them of planned vegetation removal on Sunday 13th March 2022, between 00:35 and 8:50am.

They have warned that this will require use of chainsaws and other powered hand tools, generators and lights, as well as on track machinery and equipment. They have said that this will result in a level of unavoidable light and noise disturbance, but they will do what they can to keep this to a minimum. This work is to take place between University and Kings Norton stations, with the access point being Selly Oak station.

Network Rail claim this is due to more frequent patterns of bad weather which has caused damage to many trees around the West Midlands, bringing them down onto railway lines. This, in turn, disrupts services, delays passengers and costs taxpayers due to clean-up bills and compensation.

Network Rail have advised that if you want more information about work taking place in your area, call the 24 hour helpline on 03457 11 41 41, quoting BAG1 44m 1430yrd – 47m 1100yrd.

For more information on how Network Rail manage vegetation by the railway, visit https://www.networkrail.co.uk/communities/living-by-the-railway/vegetation/