At a recent HS2 Community Forum in Balsall Common three potential tunnel options were revealed to community representatives. HS2 officials confirmed all the options were technically possible to construct but the final decision on implementation rests with the Secretary of State, meaning any or even none of the options could be selected.
Initial technical drawings have been released showing details for a 565 metre viaduct from Truggist Lane to Lavendar Hall Lane between the settlements of Berkswell and Balsall Common.
Users of the recently refurbished Berkswell railway station on Station Road in Balsall Common seem to have been pleased, mystified and annoyed with the work and subsequent service offering in roughly equal doses. The London Midland managed station has come under fire from users over ticket office opening hours (reduced to 16 hours per week since the reopening) and for the provision of a passenger shelter on Platform 1 which can only be accessed when the station is staffed.
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A long year of campaigning and negotiations by people from the villages of Meriden, Berkswell and Balsall Common has finally resulted in the partial restoration of a bus link between the three settlements and beyond into Solihull. One year on from the axing of a service that was a lifeblood service for some residents, Centro have made released a vehicle from their ring and ride Taxibus service to operate a permanent fixed route service, to operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The number 83 bus will start from Meriden, run through Berkswell, then parts of Balsall Common before heading into Solihull town centre via Catherine de Barnes.
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No sooner had the £1m Berkswell rail ticket office eyesore been completed [if you will forgive the possible misuse of the word ‘completed’ – ED], the local communities of Balsall Common and Berkswell can now expect it to become a £1m white elephant. Community travel watchdog Together for Transport has revealed today that Berkswell station, which has just seen a dogs dinner of a £1m upgrade, is threatened by recommendations contained in the McNulty report on the future of the rail industry.
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