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February 21, 2016

Centro revises plans for Bradley Lane Midland Metro park and ride in UK

UK public transport delivery body Centro has revised plans for the construction of a car park for the Midland Metro at Bradley Lane in Walsall.

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UK public transport delivery body Centro has revised plans for the construction of a car park for the Midland Metro at Bradley Lane in Walsall.

The 196-space car park is being built as part of the company’s park and ride scheme, which provides free parking for thousands of motorists driving to train stations and metro stops.

The plans will be submitted to Walsall Borough Council and people could give their views on the revised scheme as part of the planning process. The proposed site is on a public open space.

Centro has created the new layout based on the suggestions given by public as part of a consultation launched last year.

"Comments received and concerns raised were mainly about the access and suggestions were made about an alternative route."

As part of its original plans, the company identified an open space land next to the Bradley Lane stop last year as having the most potential for development.

The access was originally going to be from Bradley Lane but will now be from Belmont Street, Centro said.

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West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority delivery committee rail and metro acting lead member councillor Richard Worrall said: "Comments received and concerns raised were mainly about the access and suggestions were made about an alternative route.

"We have taken those concerns on board and now come up with a new layout."

Centro will provide three full-sized football pitches and a junior pitch alongside the car park.

Along with its partners, the company has invested more than £15m in park and ride facilities since 1997 to provide more than 8,000 free spaces at 38 rail stations and three Midland Metro stops across the region.

These spaces are expected to take more than three million journeys off the region’s roads each year, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by at least 6,000t.


Image: Bradley Lane Midland Metro stop. Photo: © Centro.

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