County Council To Bid For Government Cash For New Worcestershire Parkway Rail Station
Article created on 19th February 2013
Worcestershire County Council has confirmed it will bid for just under £7million from a new Central Government funding pot for the Worcestershire Parkway Rail Station.
A total of £20million is available under the 'New Stations Fund', managed by Network Rail. The fund has been put in place to help pay for construction of new stations in England and Wales and particularly targets projects that can bring long-term benefits to passengers and the economy. The proposed new Worcestershire Parkway station is consistent with these aims.
The new Worcestershire Parkway would be built at the intersection between the Worcester - London (Cotswold Line) and Bristol - Birmingham lines at Norton, east of Worcester. The station would be of benefit to the Worcestershire economy and support economic growth as access to and from the county would be improved.
Benefits of the new station, which is a key element in the County Council's transport strategy, include:
- Improved access (particularly by car) to direct rail services from Worcestershire to London, the South West, South Wales, Birmingham and beyond;
- A significant reduction in journey times to key regional and national destinations;
- The enabling of an interchange between the Worcester - London (Cotswold Line) and Cross Country services
The proposed new station would include a staffed booking office, car parking space for up to 500 vehicles, toilets (including disabled facilities), cycle parking and bus service 'drop and collect' space.
The station will be designed to provide a platform on the Cotswold Line, with provision for two further platforms on the Birmingham to Bristol Line - with potential for a second platform on the Cotswold Line if this is 'redoubled' in the future.
Plans also contain designs for a new junction on the B4084, to provide necessary vehicular access to the station and, as there's a Public Right of Way over the Birmingham to Bristol line, a new footbridge for pedestrians would bring safety benefits.
Platforms, accessible by stairs and lifts, would have shelters and carry real-time information displays.
It's anticipated that a planning application, which would follow a full public consultation, would be made in the spring of 2014 and, if the funding bid was successful, the new station could be operating by summer 2016.The County Council's bid will be submitted ahead of the February 25 deadline.
Cllr Simon Geraghty, County Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economy and Infrastructure, said: "Ensuring Worcestershire is 'Open for Business' is a top priority and this part of the transport strategy has been identified as a key scheme that would bring great benefit to our economy by making our county more accessible.
"The Government's 'New Stations Fund' presents an opportunity to bid for the funding needed to build the station and everything will be done to push the case for Worcestershire Parkway."