Saturday, 14 November 2009

Spaces double at Hampton-in-Arden station

THE car park at Hampton-in-Arden train station has been expanded from 67 to 124 spaces to encourage more drivers to use the train.

Centro, responsible for developing public transport in the West Midlands, said the train takes 17 minutes into Birmingham compared to 38 by car.

A train into Coventry takes 12 minutes compared to 37 by car, they said.

It hopes the move will end misery for commuters unable to find a space for the morning rush and take 23,000 journeys off the roads a year.

The car park also has extra CCTV cameras, lighting, cycle stores, security fencing and a help call button.

Centro’s Councillor Timothy Huxtable said: “Research shows that these schemes take over 2.8 million journeys off West Midlands roads every year, confirming how important they are in encouraging people to use public transport and the vital role they play in reducing congestion and carbon emissions in the region.

“We’re delighted to have been able to provide these extra spaces for Solihull residents at Hampton-in-Arden station, and will endeavour to continue to increase the facilities at all our stations – not just for car drivers but for cyclists, walkers, bus users and car sharers too.”

The organisation now manages 6,600 spaces in the region which it says takes more than 24.5 m car miles off the roads.