Birmingham & Black Country

Birmingham city centre ambulance station to stay open

A Birmingham city centre ambulance station threatened with closure is to remain open - but move location.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) has confirmed the station on Henrietta Street will shut but a new base will replace it.

Unison has welcomed the decision, which follows concern from ambulance staff members who had been prepared to petition against the closure.

WMAS said it was glad an agreement had been reached.

A spokesperson said: "We have agreed with staff that we will close the current station at Henrietta Street and open a new base in the city centre at a site yet to be identified.

"We understand that staff were concerned by such a significant change...we have been in dialogue with them for some time."

Ray Salmon from the Unison union said members had raised concerns that ambulances would face delays in and around the city without a central station.

"The staff are really pleased with the outcome of the talks which have resulted in a third hub and that this decision was arrived at amicably," he said.

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