New Streichley Railway Station – Plans, photos and why it’s called Pine Apple Road.

This is going to happen with the most interesting railway stations in the UK. Birmingham’s Pine Apple Road will give Kent’s Bate & Ball and Wasteland Well a run for their money in Derbyshire.

Approximately 6,000 Brummies participated in the consultation to name two of the three new rail hubs to open in Starchley, Kings Heath and Mosley. And, finally, the mayor of the West Midlands left with a majority.

Plans to reopen stations along the Camp Hill Line south of Birmingham were first unveiled a decade ago. The route was closed during World War II and has been used primarily for transportation since then.

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The initial announcement was welcomed by residents of all three areas – but the £ 61 million plan was soon called into question. By 2012, the scheme had stalled and people were asking if there would be any renewal.

Fast forward to May 2022, and Mayor Andy Street promised locals that “this is definitely happening” as he asked the public for help naming stations. Kings Heath’s decision was made, while Moseley Village was chosen on a simple Moseley station – but the Strichley title was the most exciting.

Mayor Andy Street, Kate Trevor, WMRE Head of Rail Program, and Cllr Ian Ward with three suggested names outside the former Hazelville railway station.
(Photo: TfWM)

Faced with a choice between Sturchley, Hazelwell – the old station name – and Pine Apple Road, locals could not resist the idea of ​​naming the station after a striped fruit. But what can Starchley people expect from their new train station – and where does the pineapple reference come from? Here is everything we know about the station so far …

Pineapple Road Station – What Do We Know About It?

Pineapple Road is one of three new stations opening along the Camp Hill Line along Kings Heath and Moseley Village. The project is being spearheaded by Transport for the West Midlands (TfWM), which is part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE).

WMCA is providing £ 36 million in costs, of which £ 20 million comes from the Department for Transport (DfT) and the remaining £ 5 million from Birmingham City Council’s Clean Air Zone Fund. In January 2020, Birmingham City Council’s planning committee voted to approve proposals for a new station at Sturchley following a successful application for Kings Heath. Moseley was approved later that year.

In April 2022, it was announced that construction firm VolkerFitzpatrick had been hired to build the three sites. Each will have two platforms, pedestrian footbridges, stairs and lifts, ticket machines and information systems, passenger helppoints on each platform and secure motorcycle parking. There will also be pick-up and drop-off areas at Strachley and Mosley stations.

The Sturchley station is expected to have a large forecourt area, including vehicle pick-up and drop-off area, covered bicycle storage, lighting and CCTV. There are no plans to provide passenger car parking at any of the three railway stations.

Where is the new station?

As the name suggests, the new station will be located at Pineapple Road, at the confluence with Cartland Road. The station will be built on the site of the old Hazelwell station, which is located in the residential area of ​​Starchley.

The application site includes the original station building – which was last used as a bathroom showroom – which will be demolished to make way for development. According to the planning request, the structural survey considered the building to be a modern station “not suitable for the purpose”.

Road access will be via Cartland Road from the west side of the site, while pedestrian access to the platform will be on either side of the railway bridge.

Why is it called Pine Apple Road?

Given the tripartite decision to name the new station in Sturchley, 48% of respondents supported Pineapple Road. Many said it was more “memorable” and had a better explanation of where the station would be located.

The second favorite was Strichley with 30%, while 22% supported the name of the historic station Hazelwell. The name was clearly inspired by the road on which the station is located – but it is not clear where the pineapple came from.

Birmingham historian Carl Chen said the street was named after the old pineapple farm that was located there – but he said “no one knows for sure” where the name came from. “There is no real explanation,” he said. “This is when pineapples were first imported into the country.

At the entrance to the pineapple farm, there were stone gate posts on each side that resembled fresh fruit.

“When it was later developed as a residence, the estate was named after the farm. This is very strange because the historical name of the area was Hazelwell, which was separate from Strachley and Kings Heath.

The old farmhouse stood at the end of Vikraj Road and above Allens Craft Road. Locally, there is a story that Cartland Road, away from Pineapple Road, was named after Major Cartland, most of the surrounding area. The owner of the wet land, and that was actually his brother. Grow pineapple on the estate. However, the name predicts it. Another story is that the name of the pineapple came from the pine trees, which I understand more. Think.”

When will it open?

Construction on the three new stations is set to begin in November, with the sites expected to be open to rail users by the end of 2023. The exact opening date for Pineapple Road remains to be confirmed, but TfWM said passenger services would be affected. The tracks will be “as soon as possible” after construction is completed by the end of next year.

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street said in May: “Obviously, the money is all over the place, the contract has been awarded and the construction is already underway. You see the people digging in the ground this November. The construction of the year, and currently we expect the trains to run from December 2023. “

What would it look like?

The artist’s impressions tell us what the new Pineapple Road Station will look like once it’s built. CGI images show two partially sheltered platforms with light, a pedestrian bridge and stairs and elevator access to the platform.

Cgi Of Plans For A New Railway Station In Hazelville
CGI of new pineapple road railway station projects in Starchley
(Photo: TfWM plan application)

The station will provide ticketing and bicycle storage facilities. TfWM had earlier stated that the station was “designed to reflect the community and history of Hazelwell”.

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(Photo: TfWM plan application)

According to the planning application documents, the total length of the platforms will be 150m – suitable for a six-car train – with an umbrella extending up to 50m. The forecourt will include pick-up and drop-off areas for vehicles, but no passenger parking.

Where will the trains go and how many times will they run?

The reopening of the Camp Hill Line will connect Moseley, Strachley and King’s Heath to Birmingham city center and from there to the national rail network. The scheme is designed to offer South Birmingham residents a faster and more environmentally friendly alternative to using a car and sitting in a traffic jam on Alistair Road while traveling in the city center.

One platform will provide a line to the city center, while the other will take passengers to Kings Norton. When train services resume, passengers in Starchley will have to travel 14 minutes by train to the center of the city, compared to 45 minutes by car.

Why did the old station close?

Stations along the Camp Hill Line, including Hazelwell, were closed in 1941 during World War II as part of a war economy. The line has since been used for freight services and the occasional long-distance train in the south-west of England.

The old Hazelwell station opened in 1903 and consisted of two mirrored red brick buildings with glass overhangs on either side of the platform. Today only the building on the eastern platform remains, but since then it has undergone modern expansion. It was last used as a bathroom showroom but has to be demolished to make way for a new station.

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