David Kuczora: Suburban train dream derailed
Trains are an essential part of securing Birmingham's future prosperity, we're told. It may have been a transport dream less ambitious than HS2, but yesterday city councillors managed to derail the transport vision of many suburban commuters.
As an irate Martin Mullaney tweets, Labour Councillors yesterday voted to "sell land in Camp Hill needed to re-open Moseley and Kings Heath railway stations [as well as new stations at] Fort Dunlop and Walmley".
Once you grow up a little and need more space than a two-bedroom city centre pad, the natural places to look for the city's young professionals are the trendy suburbs of Kings Heath and Moseley. Great pubs, a growing street food scene, live music and enough Bohemia without being Selly Oak studenty.
No wonder there have been serious calls for Birmingham City Council and Centro to reopen the train heading there to help ease pressure on the crowded commuter bus services.
My fellow columnist Keith Gabriel, a Kings Heath resident himself, will be writing about this travesty in more detail in the Birmingham Post shortly. Watch this space.