Local Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom has condemned as short-sighted and potentially costly the decision of Birmingham's Labour council to sell off land near the Camp Hill Chords rail link. Ann Holtom said: "For years local residents have campaigned to bring back a railway station to Castle Vale to improve local transport links, shorten journey times into Birmingham and link to another new station at the Fort shopping centre. This misguided move could put an end to rail development plans for this line altogether or cost Birmingham taxpayers' money if the land has be compulsorily purchased should the rail scheme proceed in the future."
In a statement Ann Holtom said: "I have been privileged to work with residents to try and bring back a station to Castle Vale. As recently as last year Network Rail included a proposal in their development plan to extend the existing rail service from Worcester to Tamworth with a proposal for trains to call at Castle Vale and the Fort. When they were elected to run the city council in 2012, Labour promised to make our city the country's crossroads with major investment in railways and a commitment to create a sustainable urban transport network. The decision to sell this land, so jeopardising the Castle Vale rail plans, runs contrary to these election promises. Residents can be reassured that I am not willing to let this be the end of the line for their campaign for a local station railway station on Castle Vale. I will continue to lobby Network Rail, the Transport Authority and the government if necessary, to turn these vital plans into a reality."