The Worcestershire Local Transport Plan focuses on attracting and supporting economic investment and growth, by delivering transport infrastructure and services to tackle congestion and improve quality of life. Worcestershire’s new Local Transport Plan (LTP4) was consulted upon earlier this year (2017) and was fully adopted on 9 November 2017. The outcomes of this consultation can be seen in the Consultation Report.
Worcestershire Rail Investment Strategy
Worcestershire County Council adopted its ambitious Rail Investment Strategy to make a strong case for enhanced County rail connectivity in November 2017. Connectivity improvements can be achieved via local and long-distance rail services, to both regional and UK-wide economies in order to promote the County’s sustainable economic growth and success.
This strategy includes the rail schemes contained in the draft Local Transport Plan 4 plus any additional longer-term rail aspirations for the county and looks at how these can be developed and prioritised.
The Strategy focuses on four overarching themes for rail service development. Specifically:
- Two Trains per hour Worcester to Paddington
- One Train per hour Kidderminster/Droitwich Spa/Worcester/Paddington
- Additional calls At Worcestershire Parkway for Bristol/ Manchester and Plymouth/Newcastle services
- Regional service between Kidderminster and Bromsgrove, Worcester and Cheltenham Spa, Gloucester and Bristol
This is supported by key aspirational infrastructure schemes, essential to facilitate this new connectivity, including:
- North Cotswold Line Capacity Upgrade
- Worcester Area and Droitwich Spa to Stoke Works capacity upgrade
- Worcester Shrub Hill station regeneration.
- Electrification of both the Bristol to Birmingham and Snow Hill lines
- New Car Park Capacity and/or new stations
Prior to adoption in November 2017, a consultation on the draft Worcestershire Rail Investment Strategy took place over an 8-week period until 11 August 2017, to obtain feedback on the proposals from the public and stakeholders. The outcomes of the Rail Investment Strategy consultation can be seen in the Consultation Report.
Residents' Parking Schemes
Worcestershire County Council is happy to assist residents that find it difficult to park near their own homes due to an influx of drivers using residential streets to park for purposes other than visiting residents. A Residents' Parking Scheme request will be pursued by a review of parking in the area, consultation with all residents and consideration of various criteria. Where conditions are met, regulations will be pursued to allow parking for residents and their visitors only at appropriate times through the purchase of permits. The document below details Worcestershire County Council's approach to the provision of these resident parking schemes.
Worcestershire Streetscape Design Guide
The Worcestershire Streetscape Design Guide aims to provide guidance to those involved in development and regeneration schemes in Worcestershire, to support ambitious and exciting place making. It sets out the design and construction framework that Worcestershire County Council expects to enable timely adoption of transport infrastructure, with the aim of ensuring a robust, attractive and affordable public realm.
Following the recent consultation, the proposed Guide is being reviewed. An amended new Guide will be published later in 2018.