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Next Phase of Commonwealth Games Transport Hub Gets Green Light

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Perry Barr in Birmingham is all set to welcome a new bus station ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth games.
The city council has given the final nod to the project, which includes the development of the neighboring Perry Barr railway station costing €30 million.

The plan was revealed in the month of January, but the final call was taken in July after a Cabinet meeting. The project is backed with funding from the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) and the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government (MHCLG).

As the city of Birmingham would be hosting the 2022 commonwealth games and welcoming more than one million spectators for the event, the project is aimed to help people travel freely to Alexandria Stadium and other venues.

Andy Street, the Mayor of West Midlands, said, "the interchange will not help people watch the games but will also leave a legacy of improved transport for future generations."

Cllr Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City council, added, "the new transport interchange will transform Perry Barr into one of the most connected places in Birmingham and develop it into a business hub. We want to make these games the greenest ever held by making public transport easily accessible ".

The existing bus depot is considered outdated and inefficient, with passengers having to cross traffic lanes. The new depot will be moved 300 meters away from the existing depot.

Besides bus services, the new bus depot will also be used by the forthcoming Sprint rapid transit system, thereby offering people a reliable zero-emission travel option.

The Perry Barr railway station is undergoing regeneration with a new building including multiple entrances, a ticket office, lift, new stairs, passenger seating, and cycle tracks.

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