Worcestershire Parkway Regional Interchange
The development of Worcestershire
Parkway Regional Interchange is a key priority for
Worcestershire County Council and partners. The scheme involves
the creation of a new regional railway interchange,
located at the intersection of the Cotswold railway line
and Birmingham to Bristol main railway line, close to Junction
7 of the M5.
Worcestershire is currently not
directly served by national (inter city) rail services, despite the
Birmingham to Bristol mainline passing directly through the County.
This is a major constraint for economic growth in Worcestershire,
as rail users are required to travel via Birmingham or Cheltenham
Spa to access these services.
Worcestershire Parkway was
identified in Worcestershire's first Local Transport Plan (LTP1),
and has since featured in Worcestershire's LTP2 and LTP3 (the
current plan). It will be a major scheme, delivering
significant accessibility enhancement and decongestion benefits for
Worcester and the wider sub-region (including south Worcestershire,
northern Gloucestershire and eastern Herefordshire).
We now have an opportunity to bid for major funding at the end
of February 2013, to progress this further. Network Rail will then
inform us if we have been successful late Spring 2013.
An outline business case for Worcestershire Parkway Regional
Interchange was developed by Laing Rail on behalf of the Council in
March 2006, which concluded in favour of the development of
Worcestershire Parkway. As part of the LTP3 delivery programme,
Worcestershire County Council and partners are committed to
delivering this key project, and will work with colleagues in the
Department for Transport to develop the business
case to justify the significant investment required
to deliver this prestigious scheme.
The scale of investment required to deliver Worcestershire Parkway
Regional Interchange is significant, and will require close
partnership working with a number of major funders and delivery
agencies. Partners include:
- Members of Parliament
- Department for Transport: Rail
- Network Rail
- Train Operating Companies
- The Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership
- Worcestershire County Council
- The South Worcestershire Councils
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This page was last reviewed 9 September 2013 at 12:21.
The page is next due for review 8 March 2015.