Latest Updates on the development of Worcestershire Parkway Rail Station
As the construction of Worcestershire Parkway continues to progress, WCC and partners would like to remind members of the public that there is no public access to the site at present.
6 February 2019
Worcestershire Parkway Railway Station to welcome first trains towards the end of the year.
Construction work on the new Worcestershire Parkway is progressing well.
The main station building is nearing completion and the internal fit-out works have begun.
Work has started on the installation of the three, 265 metre long, platforms, each being built in sections onsite, away from the track, and then manoeuvred into place.
A pedestrian bridge providing access to the platforms is in place, the new highway roundabout has been installed and opened to through traffic and work is well underway on the 500 space car park and access road.
Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, Councillor Ken Pollock said: "Every time I visit the site I am amazed at the progress being made.
"With the main station building now being fitted-out and the opening date expected late this year, the goal of trains stopping at Worcestershire Parkway Station is now in sight".
Station construction is set to be completed during the summer. Once complete, before it can open, it has to go through the standard rigorous Entry into Service process. This includes the inspection and testing of facilities, station staff training, driver training, completion of certification and the formal station hand-over to Great Western Railway, who will operate and manage the station, and Network Rail who will manage the rail infrastructure.
For the full story, please read: Worcestershire Parkway set to welcome first trains towards the end of the year.
25 October 2018
First look inside Worcestershire Parkway Rail Station
Work on the new Worcestershire Parkway Rail Station is progressing well with external steelworks and glazing nearly finished.
We have produced footage that shows the very first look inside the building, which is still under construction, and also aerial views which show the sheer scale of the project.
With the construction of the station building nearing completion, you can really get a sense of the enormity of this infrastructure project that is set to transform rail travel to and from the county.
Later this month work starts to install the 3 platforms, each being built in sections onsite but away from the track and then fitted into place. It will take nearly 70 sections to build each of the 265 metre long platforms.
Following installation of the platforms, work will then concentrate early in the new year on paving the car park and the landscaping and planting around the site whilst the internal elements of the station building continue to take shape.
12 October 2018
The roundabout on the B4084, near to where we are constructing the new Worcestershire Parkway Train Station, is now fully open to traffic, ahead of schedule, and temporary traffic lights have been removed.
26 September 2018
Good news for commuters, residents and businesses who use the B4084 near the Worcestershire Parkway Station site.
The major highway works on the new roundabout are ahead of schedule so the night closures planned for this week are now no longer needed.
Temporary traffic lights will remain in place between the two railway bridges whilst the minor outstanding works are finished. Once complete, the temporary lights will be removed to allow two way traffic to operate through the new roundabout.
1 September 2018
Work on the new station is progressing well and the last phase of works on the highway outside the station entrance are due to be completed later this month.
Our contractor has to fully close the B4084 overnight between the two railway bridges commencing on Saturday 15th September for potentially just over three weeks in order to fully construct parts of the carriageway, surface the whole carriageway and carry out "signing and lining".
During the first week, the closure will be between 7pm and 6:30am as blocks of 11 hours are needed to complete full-depth construction of the carriageway; however, from Saturday 22nd September, the closures will be from 9pm until 6am.
Our contractors will use their best endeavours to complete the work earlier if possible.
Access to Woodbury Lane and Mucknall Farm Lane from/to the north will be unaffected.
A diversion will be signposted via the A4440/A44/B4084 for traffic broadly travelling in a northwest (Worcester) to southeast (Pershore/Evesham) direction and vice versa.
10 July 2018
We invited the media to the Worcestershire Parkway Station construction to site today (10 July 2018) for update on progress and a closer look at the steel structure taking shape.
Once complete, the station, which is a key part of our plan to improve rail travel to and from the county, will track the way for more frequent and quicker trains to London and Birmingham.
Rail passenger volumes on Worcestershire routes are set to increase by up to 97% in the next 25 years, according to industry forecasts, and the Council is getting the county 'rail travel ready'.
The improvements already made at Worcester Foregate Street, Malvern Link and more recently Bromsgrove Station, mean these stations are now better equipped to deal with the predicted increase in passenger numbers. Along with the Kidderminster Station redevelopment and Worcestershire Parkway completing next year, rail travel to and from the county will soon be easier than it has been for the last 40 years.
For the full story visit Progress at Worcestershire Parkway Pushes Ahead.
School pupils from Worcestershire have been learning about what it takes to design and build a new railway station.
Year 7 youngsters from St Barnabas C of E First & Middle School in Drakes Broughton became 'engineers for the day' by looking at the challenges in designing Worcestershire Parkway Station.
Worcestershire County Council and the Engineering Director, Samantha Uren, from SLC Rail, who are managing the scheme on the Council's behalf, first visited the school last autumn to talk to pupils about civil engineering and other professions involved in the construction industry.
With Worcestershire Parkway Station on their doorstep, it was the perfect opportunity to talk to pupils about engineering in action. More recently, pupils also enjoyed a visit to the site where, their classroom learning was brought to life on a real life construction site.
For the full story visit Building a passion for engineering – the future generation.