People living in a Birmingham city centre tower block could be forced to leave their homes to make way for the #467 million revamp of New Street Station.
Stephenson Tower (pictured above, on the right), which is at the south of the station, is due to be demolished if the ambitious Gateway project goes ahead as planned.
Over the next three weeks, teams from Birmingham City Council's housing department will be visiting residents in each of the 81 flats to explain the options open to them.
Clearance and building work on the site is scheduled to start at the beginning of 2009 and the project is planned for completion by mid 2013.
A total of 45 of the one and two-bedroom properties in the tower block are rented by council tenants while the other 36 are owned by leaseholders.
The council is planning to meet residents face to face to discuss where they might consider being rehoused, and possible compensation packages for those who have bought their flats.
"The city council is already working with the residents' association at Stephenson Tower and is now looking to draw up a package of options that will best suit the individual needs of the tenants and leaseholders," a city council spokeswoman said last night.
"Should demolition be required, we are planning to visit each of them in the next few weeks so we can under-stand the issues that they face. We want to work with them to come up with some practical solutions."
Stephenson Tower, which is 20 stories high, was built in 1967 and several of its residents have lived there for 30 years.
Some claimed last night that they were being kept in the dark over the plans and said they were apprehensive about what they had heard.
"I've been here 14 years and I don't want to move," said one tenant, who did not wish to be named. "I have had an operation on my spine and one day it's not too bad and the next I can't get out of bed or I struggle to move. I know some people who like living here because it is so convenient for everything, especially the old people. Nobody knows for sure what is going on."
Another resident, a female support worker for students with learning difficulties, said she enjoyed being close to the city centre bus network.
"At the moment we seem to be in the dark about what is going to happen," she said.
"If you are moving because you want to, that's okay. But if you're moving because you've got to, that's the hardest part."
The Gateway project moved another step forward when the West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority agreed to commit #10 million to the capital costs.
The contribution was required for inclusion in an initial funding bid to Government which is due to be submitted next month.
The public sector contribution to the station project is set to be #300 million, with private sector funding contributions making up the remaining #167 million needed.
"This is a fine project and we want to push further on it," said the PTA lead member for rail Keith Chambers (Lab Walsall Bentley and Darlaston North).
The revamp will see the creation of a central concourse area, with two adjacent airport-style lounges. The central retail area will be removed and an atrium created. The facade will be glass.