Posted September 16, 2018 05:07:33The Westminster Station is set to close in 2019, as it continues to be under construction for a massive gas and power station, and a new station for the West Midlands Waterway, according to a new report.
The West Midlands Transport Infrastructure Authority (WMTIA) is proposing to close the station by 2019.
It says it is still in the planning stages but expects to announce the closure in the next 12 months.
“The WMTIA has been working closely with the local authorities, planning authorities, council and stakeholders to make this decision and we are excited to finally see it happen,” said Simon Brown, WMTIE’s head of transport planning.
“Westminster station has been in the public domain for more than 10 years and is one of the most important transport infrastructure projects of the 20th century.
It is vital for the future development of the area around the station, the region and the wider West Midlands.”
Westminster Station, which opened in June last year, is the second major gas and electricity project in the Midlands, following the construction of the new South Westlink Station in Birmingham.
The station is due to be finished in 2021, with the gas and the power to be delivered by 2030.
It will be the first major power station to be built in the region since the Victorian National Grid opened in 1901.
In March this year, WMBP said the project would be delayed, with construction due to start this summer.
“Our timetable has been set and there will be a significant delay as we build the station.
The West Midlands is already one of Europe’s fastest growing regions and the planned station is likely to have a positive impact on the region,” said Chris Smith, chief executive of the WMBPs local authority of Greater Manchester.
The WMBIA has been responsible for planning the station for decades and the council has been providing support.
It said the WMTIAS has already received a number of requests for comments on the project, and was keen to hear more from the public.
The site has been the subject of fierce debate between the public and local authorities.
Some residents have argued it should not be demolished and others have said it should be kept open for future use.