A newly built £260,000 facility offering more free car parking at Yardley Wood Railway Station has been opened to the public.
The extension to the existing Park and Ride site at Yardley Wood Station has been built by transport authority Centro and will add a further 59 spaces to the 100 already available.
The work has been carried out to ease overcrowding at the existing facility which has proved so popular with commuters that it is often full before the end of the morning rush hour.
With 30 per cent of all journeys into Birmingham city centre now being made by train, the extra spaces will enable a further 30,000 commuter car journeys to be taken off the roads each year.
Duncan Fry, senior project manager at Centro, said: “It’s fair to say that a number of our Park and Ride facilities have become a victim of their own success and are often full to capacity.
“That’s why Yardley Wood is just the latest in a number of extensions we are building to make it even easier for people to use the train for the majority of their daily commute.”
The new Yardley Wood facility has been built on the site of a former petrol station in Highfield Road and features low energy lighting, a cycle shelter, CCTV cameras and help points linked to the Network Safety and Security Centre.
Terry Oliver, head of Snow Hill services at train operator London Midland, added: “I am delighted that our partnership with Centro has enabled us to extend the free Park and Ride facilities at Yardley Wood station.
“This will be a huge benefit to both commuters and leisure travellers who use the Snow Hill lines to connect to major towns and cities including Birmingham, Worcester and Stratford upon Avon.”
Centro and its partners have invested more than £15 million in Park and Ride facilities since 1997 to provide more than 7,331 free spaces at 53 heavy rail car parks and four Metro tram stops across the region.
These spaces are calculated to take around three million journeys off the region’s roads each year, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by more than 6,000 tonnes.