The Worcester Transport Strategy
The proposed Worcester Transport
Strategy (WTS) has been developed to identify a comprehensive
programme of investment in transport infrastructure for the City of
Worcester, to deal with existing and future transport challenges,
whilst contributing towards the long-term prosperity of Worcester
and south Worcestershire over the next 20 years.
The Worcester Transport Strategy
involves a package of investment in a wide range of transport
infrastructure and service enhancements. This will deliver benefits
not only locally, but also across the wider region, improving
access and network efficiency for all users travelling into, though
and/or around the City of Worcester transport network. In
particular, this investment will make Worcester more attractive to
business, supporting the local and regional economy.
Bringing together the desired outcomes, issues and policy
guidance, we are aware that a wide-ranging package of transport
measures is required to deliver improvements to the existing
network, including the following measures:
- Strategic Highway Improvements including the dualling of
the Southern Link Road.
- Local Highway Improvements including junction and pavement
- Rail station enhancements.
- The construction of a new Railway Station (Worcestershire
Parkway Regional Interchange).
- Exploration of the feasibility of local railway
- Enhancement of the City Centre's public realm, transport
infrastructure and services.
- Improvements to infrastructure and services for walking
- Key corridor improvements to enhance the main routes into and
out of the city for all users, smoothing traffic flow and reducing
- Incentivise greater use and improvement to the
perception of sustainable modes (walking, cycling, passenger
- Implementation of Intelligent Transport Systems to improve
efficiency and choice.
To deliver the Worcester Transport
Strategy in full, Worcestershire County Council and partners will
need to secure over £200 million of investment. Clearly, the
possibility of accruing this level of funding at any one time is
impossible. Therefore, the Council aims to deliver the full
Worcester Transport Strategy through a phased approach, delivering
parts of the strategy as funding becomes available.
Green light from Central Government for Phase One of the
Worcester Transport Strategy
Central Government has announced
that Worcestershire County Council's funding bid for transport
improvements in Worcester has been successful. Following a
competitive bidding process, which attracted submissions from
across the country, the Worcester Transport Strategy Phase One
project has been awarded £14.2million. The proposals to make
travelling around the area easier will be put in place between 2012
and 2015. They include:
- Strategic Highways Improvements: Enhancements to the key
junctions on the Worcester Southern Link Road, to improve traffic
flow, particularly at peak times and reduce transport costs to
businesses and road users;
- Rail Station Enhancements: This will involve investment
and improvement in passenger and interchange facilities
at Worcester Foregate Street and Malvern Link stations,
helping to improve the quality of rail travel and encourage
increased use of these under-utilised transport assets. The
improvements to passenger facilities to Worcester's Foregate Street
will include upgrading of signage, the ground level waiting area,
information and ticketing facilities, lighting, security and
improved sheltered walk links to Foregate Street and its taxi ranks
and bus stops.
- Key Corridor Improvements: This will involve investment in key
corridors to improve the quality of transport infrastructure
and public realm along these routes. This will help to smooth
traffic flows and improve conditions for all road users;
- Transport Information Systems: Measures to provide users with
better, more accurate information on the transport network, with
the aim of increasing network efficiency. For example, variable
message signs will direct car drivers to city centre car parks
which have available capacity, while public transport users will be
provided with real time information on services via mobile phones
and at stop/station signs.
- Improved infrastructure for walking and cycling: This would
involve enhancements designed to encourage more local trips on foot
and by bike. The improvements to passenger facilities to
Worcester's Foregate Street will be on the ground level and include
upgrading of the waiting area, signage, information, shelters,
lighting and security.
The total cost of Phase One of the project, which is part of a
longer term plan, will be £19.6million. Worcestershire county
Council will fund the remainder of the scheme (around
Like many of the other projects around the country competing for
cash the Phase One bid was reduced in size from original plans to
reflect the limited amount of funding available nationally at
Cllr John Smith OBE, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport,
said: "the news from the Department of Transport is very welcome
and a fantastic boost for Worcester just before the festive
celebrations. These proposals are about here and now but I'd also
like to stress they are part of a much wider long-term plans to
make things better.
"The Phase One plans, which will now become a reality, all aim
to deliver vital improvements when it comes to how we get around
the area. They look to tackle congestion and, importantly, open up
economic barriers that may exist."
The Department for Transport's website has further details on
Local Authority Major Scheme's Development Pool Schemes
If you have any questions on the scheme, please contact the
Transport Policy and Strategy Team by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
by telephone on (01905) 766306.
View a copy of the Worcester Transport Strategy (Phase 1) Major
WTS Covering Letter (PDF 374
- Best and Final Funding Bid (BaFFB) Form (PDF 10.2 MB)
Annex 1 (PDF 1.2 MB)
Annex 2 (PDF 5 MB)
3 (PDF 33.9 MB)
4 (PDF 64.5 MB)
Scheme Costs (Word document
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This page was last reviewed 23 April 2014 at 15:21.
The page is next due for review 20 October 2015.