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Community call to contribute creative designs for upcoming stations

Published: Thursday 09 Nov 2023

The rich and varied history of south Birmingham will be reflected in a series of heritage information boards alongside unique decorative steel fence designs at three new railway stations on the Camp Hill line.

The community can play an integral part in designing and developing various designs at the new Moseley Village, Kings Heath, and Pineapple Road railway stations.

Work underway at Pineapple Road railway station on the Camp Hill line.

Work underway at Pineapple Road railway station on the Camp Hill line.

Drawing inspiration from the heritage of south Birmingham, the unique cut-out patterns on the steel fencing panels, can be shaped and designed to reflect and draw inspiration from the heritage of the local area. They might capture the essence of local figures like JRR Tolkien, the heritage of the Chamberlain family, or other elements that symbolise the area's identity.

The stations are currently under construction by contractor VolkerFitzpatrick, as part of the project, led by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) and West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), which is part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), to restore passenger rail services to the Camp Hill Line.

Now the community is being asked for their creative input and ideas to celebrate the vibrancy and heritage of each area.

People are invited to attend a series of drop-in sessions over the next few weeks. Some are being hosted by the WMRE and others by local community groups.

Upcoming local sessions will be taking place at:

  • Gateway Youth Session, Thursday 16 November, 6-8pm, 2a Vicarage Road, Kings Heath, B14 7RA (for age suitability and to book attendance, contact the All Saints Youth Project)
  • Stirchley Circle 22, Friday 17 November, 10am-12pm, Stirchley Baths, Bournville Lane, Stirchley, B30 2JT
  • Over 50s Friendship Group, Friday 24 November, 11am - 12:30pm, Kings Heath Library, 2 High Street, Kings Heath, B14 7SW

Open sessions will be taking place at:

  • Saturday 18 November, 2:30-4:30pm, Kings Heath Library, 2 High Street, Kings Heath, B14 7SW
  • Saturday 25 November, 2:30-4:30pm, Stirchley Library, 8 Bournville Lane, Stirchley, B30 2JT

Throughout November, the received artwork will be carefully considered to determine their popularity and feasibility. The final three suggestions per station will be open for public vote on the WMRE website and social media channels, and a final design will be drafted before the year's end.

To find out more about this project visit the WMRE website

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