A city MP refused to sign up to a campaign in support of the redevelopment of New Street Station despite it being backed by his ten Westminster colleagues and other Birmingham politicians and organisations.
Khalid Mahmood (Lab Perry Barr) initially declined to sign the "statement of intent" letter, printed in today's Birmingham Post, because the redevelopment plans did nothing to improve dwindling track capacity.
Mr Mahmood (right) said: "We don't need a refurbished station as much as we need investment in improving the capacity at New Street.
"I use the station a lot and if the timings are slightly wrong there, you can be sitting on a train outside the station for quite a while."
However, Mr Mahmood later said he had since been contacted by Network Rail - following a request from The Birmingham Post for comment by the station owners - and would now put his name to the letter but with a "caveat" of wanting more capacity created.
The open letter, co-signed by the region's leaders, backs the Birmingham Gateway campaign and p ledges to "seize the moment" by forging a part-nership that will fight "for a world class station".
They issued a challenge to the people and businesses of Birmingham and the wider region to "click start" the campaign by registering their support at the project's website - www.renewstreet.co.uk.