Information about the road bridge on Linthurst Newtown

The bridge on Linthurst Newtown re-opened on 24 May 2015.

If you have an urgent question please contact the Network Rail National Helpline on 08457 114141. Alternatively, you can email your question to the Parish Council at exec.www.barntgreen.org.uk and we will seek to obtain a reply within 5 working days. If the question and reply are of general interest we will publish the Q&A so that the wider community are also kept informed.

Further information will be added to this page as it becomes available.

Linthurst Newtown bridge proposals – a Network Rail leaflet

 

Information about Green’s occupation bridge

Green’s occupation bridge is now open.

If you have an urgent question please contact the Network Rail National Helpline on 08457 114141. Alternatively, you can email your question to the Parish Council at exec.www.barntgreen.org.uk and we will seek to obtain a reply within 5 working days. If the question and reply are of general interest we will publish the Q&A so that the wider community are also kept informed.

Further information will be added to this page as it becomes available.

Greens occupation bridge proposals – a Network Rail leaflet

Information about the road bridge on Hewell Lane

The latest information from Network Rail indicates that Hewell Lane should be re-opened on 10 July. However, road signage suggests that the road may be closed until the end of July.

If you have an urgent question please contact the Network Rail National Helpline on 08457 114141. Alternatively, you can email your question to the Parish Council at exec.www.barntgreen.org.uk and we will seek to obtain a reply within 5 working days. If the question and reply are of general interest we will publish the Q&A so that the wider community are also kept informed.

Further information will be added to this page as it becomes available.

Hewell Lane bridge proposals – a Network Rail leaflet

Information about the footbridge at Barnt Green station

If you have an urgent question please contact the Network Rail National Helpline on 08457 114141. Alternatively, you can email your question to the Parish Council at exec.www.barntgreen.org.uk and we will seek to obtain a reply within 5 working days. If the question and reply are of general interest we will publish the Q&A so that the wider community are also kept informed.

Further information will be added to this page as it becomes available.

Barnt Green station footbridge proposals – a leaflet published by Network Rail

Latest News from Network Rail

This page is intended to help keep you up to date with the latest news from Network Rail regarding the local impact of work associated with the electrification of the rail line through Barnt Green.

It is divided into the following discrete sections to help you find the information you require:

General Information regarding the electrification of the rail line

Information about the footbridge at Barnt Green station

Information about the road bridge on Hewell Lane

Information about Green’s occupation bridge

Information about the road bridge on Linthurst Newtown

If you have any urgent questions about any of the above please contact the Network Rail National Helpline on 08457 114141. Alternatively, can email your questions to the Parish Council at exec.www.barntgreen.org.uk and we will seek to obtain a reply within 5 working days. If the question and reply are of general interest we will publish the Q&A so that the wider community are also kept informed.

 

Troop Aid says ‘Thank you’

Pam Eves, the Barnt Green Troop Aid co-ordinator has asked the Parish Council to pass on her thanks to all the residents who continue to donate shower gel and other toiletries via the drop-off facility at the parish council office. Although the current need in Afghanistan has diminished, grab bags are now being sent to overseas field hospitals so donations continue to be welcome.

Will electrification derail Barnt Green?

Residents are invited to a drop-in event at the Scout and Guide Centre, Blackwell Road, Barnt Green on Tuesday 9 December between 12.00 and 19.00 at which Network Rail representatives, and their contractors, will be available to discuss the impact of the rail electrification on Barnt Green, specifically the proposals for road closures, rebuilding the bridges and the station footbridge.

Please take this opportunity to find out about the impact of electrification on the village and to press for the installation of lifts at the station footbridge.

The following is an extract from Network Rail correspondence to Worcestershire County Council’s Transport Planning Officer, David Balme, dated 17 October 2014 regarding the installation of lifts at the station footbridge:

Network Rail fully recognises our obligations under the Equality Act 2010, including the principle of reasonable adjustment. The design of the new footbridge includes space for lift shafts. However, Barnt Green was not on the Department for Transport’s list of stations eligible for Access for All funding in the 2015-19 period. This means there is no automatic clear funding for providing the lifts.

Network Rail are working to close the funding gap with the intention of securing sufficient funds to provide the three lifts for the footbridge and the associated running costs, to be provided when or shortly after the bridge is built.

This is an important issue about which residents should continue to lobby our MP, the Department of Transport and Network Rail.

Sajid Javid wants to telephone you …

Image of Sajid Javid MP

Sajid Javid MP

Bromsgrove’s local MP, Sajid Javid, will be holding the UK’s first Parliamentary TeleForum, ‘Tell Sajid’, on 26th November at 7pm. The TeleForum will allow constituents to sign up for a free phone call from their MP, during which they will have the option to ask questions, or simply sit back and listen to the discussion.

The cutting edge technology, already widely used in the USA, will allow all registered callers to listen in to and take part in a single live, interactive phone call – simply by answering their phone at 7pm on 26th November. It will be the first time that the technology is used in the UK by a Member of Parliament to contact their constituents.

Sajid Javid commented;

‘I’m really excited about this new way of keeping in touch with Bromsgrove constituents. I know that coming along to a public meeting can be difficult to fit in for many people.

Instead, this brilliant new technology will allow us to have effectively a virtual public meeting. You can listen in at home, on a break at work, or on Handsfree in the car. If you have any questions about what I’m saying, you will then have the option to speak to me directly.

I hope as many constituents as possible will sign up for this great and entirely free opportunity. Please register at my TeleForum page now to receive my phone call on 26th November at 7pm’.

To sign up for the free phone call, constituents will need to register first at the following website address: www.vekeo.buzz/sajidjavid

Good news for station users

The Parish Council is delighted to report welcome progress with two key parish council campaigns associated with Barnt Green station:
(i)   having originally planned not to provide lifts at the new Barnt Green station foorbridge, it seems that Network Rail have now accepted the need for this to be done;
(ii) Network Rail have also indicated that when the new electrified rail service starts running from Bromsgrove, a direct Barnt Green to Bromsgrove rail service will be provided.
Cllr John Jagger commented that he was delighted with the news and looked forward to a formal announcement from Network Rail in the near future.

Barnt Green’s new signposted walks

Just in time for the Community Walk and Pig Roast on 27 September, there are now 3 new signposted Walk Worcestershire paths around Barnt Green. They are the Barnt Green Circular Walk (6.5 miles), the Barnt Green Waterways Walk (5 miles) and the Barnt Green Lickey Hills Walk (4 miles). Follow this link for maps and further information.