Second deck will be built at Sutton Coldfield's Four Oaks train station to ease parking chaos
Additional 39 parking spaces at Four Oaks Station
13th July, 2013
Sutton Coldfield Observer
ADDITIONAL car parking spaces are to be provided at the busy Four Oaks Station as part of a £2million expansion programme to Park and Ride schemes in the region.
Transport authority Centro confirmed that money has now been allocated to create a second deck to the site's larger southern car park.
The scheme will create an additional 39 parking spaces with work expected to start before the end of 2014.
The news will be welcomed by residents living around the station who struggle to park near their homes during peak times.
Four Oaks councillor, Meirion Jenkins, said: "There are some issues with parking in Jordan Road at the moment which hopefully will be alleviated by this development.
"In principle, it makes a lot of sense. Subject to planning, local consultation and, of course, an appropriate design, the proposal makes better use of the available land, helps people get to work by train and hopefully will alleviate the on-street parking in the locality."
The £2million has been awarded by the Government under its Local Pinch Point Fund – a £175m scheme to remove bottlenecks on the highway network.
The money will also be used to pay for enhancements at Kings Norton station and Stourbridge Junction.
Centro spokesman, Steve Swingler, said: "This is great news for commuters who will now benefit from badly needed extra spaces at three more key rail stations.
"The West Midlands is pretty much unique in providing free parking at its rail stations and the success of our Park and Ride policy in combating congestion has clearly been recognised by the Government with this funding award.
"Research shows that the 6,500 free spaces at Centro's 53 heavy rail and four Metro stop car parks take more than 53,000 cars journeys off our roads each week.
"However, it could be argued that Park and Ride has become a victim of its own success with many station car parks often full to capacity by the end of the morning rush hour.
"That's why we have been steadily expanding facilities as and when funding becomes available."
Work to the car park south of Station Drive will see the current 175 spaces replaced by 114 spaces at ground floor level and 101 spaces on a new single deck.
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