These two routes out of Birmingham are predicted to see a significant increase in passengers over the next few years due to improvements being made by the new train operating company franchise as well as significant housing development along the lines.
The pilot study needed to develop a masterplan or design recommendations for each station site to accommodate future growth in the short, medium and long term and test a methodology that could be used across the wider network.
Prioritising and planning for the future
The masterplans looked at future works inside the rail land boundary, as well as the immediate context, to improve the relationship between the station and the local community. Given the number of stakeholders involved in the project (the study area runs across six Boroughs and two metropolitan areas), we structured our methodology in stages and levels of engagement, including site visits with the local transport and planning authorities, public surveys to collect views from the local community and a series of workshops with the main stakeholders.
This collaborative approach was reinforced by the use of our EOS optioneering process, which tests the best ways of meeting project requirements while providing an auditable trail of decision making for effective reporting and robust justification for the preferred option. The first stage, high level option sifting, enabled us to prioritise four stations for which we developed a masterplan. This refined process establishes station prioritisation in a fair, consistent and development oriented way. It is efficient and value focussed to spend funds in a proportional way.