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Network Rail consults on second Redditch rail line

Network Rail will begin public consultation this week on its proposal to build a second railway track on the Redditch branch line, south of Birmingham.

The firm wants to build a new railway track next to the existing line, just north of Alvechurch Station for approximately 3km towards Redditch. The new track would relieve traffic on the line, increase services into Birmingham and improve the station at Alvechuch, Network Rail said.

According to Network Rail the majority of the new track will be built on existing railway land. However, the firm would need to access other small sections of land to strengthen the embankments and carry out minor structural improvements.

Network Rail said it hopes to submit a planning application to the Infrastructure Planning Commission by the end of 2012, with a view to opening the new line in mid-2014.

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