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Contact: Joe Peacock 0121 6326909 campaigns@birminghamfoe.org.uk

“Build two Birmingham railway lines” has been the green transport campaigners’ response to Nick Clegg’s offer to bring forward construction of infrastructure today.

Two short connecting lines, the Bordesley Chord (Camp Hill) and the Benson Road Curve (Soho Pool) are measures for making better use of rail in the city that Birmingham desperately needs to create a better network.

Transport planners, such as Centro, have identified such projects as the key to allow journeys between places such as Walsall and Solihull and from Longbridge to Rugeley.

For Birmingham Friends of the Earth, new stations at locations such as Kings Heath could finally make Birmingham better connected rather than a complicated traffic jam. ‘We won’t have London’s railway and underground network, but all parts of Birmingham will become more attractive to tourists and business people if they can be reached by train’ said BFoE spokesperson Joe Peacock.

Thousands of people have written letters or signed petitions in support of establishing railway stations at Kings Heath and Balsall Heath on the existing railway, with the proposed Bordesley chord railway taking the trains to Birmingham’s Snow Hill Station.

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Notes for the editor

1. Nick Clegg’s thought on infrastructure were on: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-14907914

2. Birmingham Friends of the Earth campaigns on transport and many other environmental issues on a local, national and international level. http://www.birminghamfoe.org.uk/

3. BFOE response to WM Regional Rail Strategy consultation is available at http://www.birminghamfoe.org.uk/downloads