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Mail delivers New Street pleas to Westminster

A Birmingham Mail campaign calling for the city’s New Street Station to be revamped has been taken to Westminster.

Editor Steve Dyson travelled to London to hand over postcards, letters, e-mails and petitions from more than 7,000 readers, urging ministers to ‘Wake up to the State of New Street’.

  • Steve (right) delivers the petitions with MPs Gisela Stewart and John Hemmings
  • Revamp plans costing £600m are on the table for the station, but the Government is still deciding whether to commit £136m from the Local Transport Plan to the scheme – and is due to make a decision next month.

    If it did decide to support the scheme this would trigger other funding.

    The Mail says the station is “embarrassing, dingy, dark and dungeon-like”, and has been highlighting the worst areas, including dimly-lit flooded tunnels, since it launched its campaign three weeks ago.

    It has also been showing readers what they are missing out on, by highlighting some of the best stations from around the country.

    Editor Steve Dyson said: “The level of response has been incredible and shows the massive ground-swell of opinion that the state of New Street station must be tackled.”

    He added: “It is dark and dirty and a completely unfitting gateway to Britain’s second city.”

    Steve was part of a delegation to travel to the House of Commons, which also included Birmingham Edgbaston MP Gisela Stuart, Centro-PTA Chairman Coun Gary Clarke, Birmingham City Council deputy leader Paul Tilsley and Advantage West Midlands chairman Nick Paul.

    They handed petitions over to rail minister Tom Harris.