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.
13 December 2019
County’s First New Station in 100 Years Will Open Early Next Year
Construction is complete at the brand-new, landmark Worcestershire Parkway station - the first station to be opened in the county for over 100 years.
Rail Industry partners and Worcestershire County Council have confirmed that the standard rigorous rail industry “Entry into Service” process is also nearing completion.
This is the process where all the new equipment and facilities are being tested and commissioned. As such this is very complex, involving a wide range of stakeholders.
For the full story, please visit: County's first new station in 100 years will open early next year
24 October 2019
Worcester to London Paddington by train in under 2 hours
Worcester to London Paddington, by train in under 2 hours - that’s the new quicker service on offer when the GWR timetable is launched later this year.
GWR has announced it’s 6.43am train from Shrub Hill to London Paddington will take 1 hour 57 minutes and the 5.34pm back will also take under 2 hours. Journey times from Worcestershire Parkway will be even faster when the station opens later this year.
For the full story, please visit: Worcester to London Paddington by train in under 2 hours
9 October 2019
Worcestershire Parkway construction nearing completion
As construction nears completion, the county’s newest, and biggest, train station is about to move into the final, and most critical phase so far.
Works on the station will be coming to an end in the next few weeks and, once complete, the station will be rigorously tested and commissioned by Great Western Railway (GWR), Network Rail and CrossCountry Trains as part of their Entry into Service period before the station is open.
Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, Councillor Ken Pollock said: “I’m really pleased with the progress at the station site over the last few months. A huge effort continues to be made by all concerned to get us ready for the next phase. This next phase will be one of the most important, and complex, of the whole scheme where numerous stakeholders, including the train operators and Network Rail, will come together with the aim of getting the station ready to open for public use.”
This Entry Into Service period will ensure that the station is fully ready to open to the public and involves the testing and commissioning of all equipment and services such as signals, communication systems, IT connections, water services, fire tank and attenuation tank, lifts, lighting and CCTV.
During the Entry into Service period, staff training will take place for both GWR and CrossCountry staff including train drivers. As the station will be a brand new stop, an in-depth schedule is in place to ensure all drivers and support staff are trained.
For the full story, please visit: Worcestershire Parkway construction nearing completion
19 July 2019
Budding Engineers visit Worcestershire Parkway construction phase
School pupils won an exciting and unique opportunity to visit the construction site of the new Worcestershire Parkway train station.
The winning students from Parkside Middle School, Bromsgrove, beat 37 other schools from the county in the Primary STEM Challenge competition. As part of their prize, the budding engineers of the future visited the construction site of the new station on Monday 8 July. The visit included a presentation from Tom Delaney, Contracts Project Manager, and Marrick Murphy, Worcestershire Parkway’s Site Manager. The students learned about what happens during the planning and construction phases of this major project; one of Worcestershire’s biggest and most impressive infrastructure schemes to date.
For the full story, please read: Budding engineers visit Worcestershire Parkway construction phase
4 July 2019
More rail services for Worcestershire as part of £2 billion Midlands upgrade plans
- Midlands Rail Hub plans, submitted to government by Midlands Connect, outline up to £2 billion of new and improved infrastructure, to be completed between 2024-2033;
- Plans make space for 24 additional train services an hour, including an extra train every hour between Worcester and Birmingham;
- Worcester-Birmingham journey time could be cut.
Worcester is in line for more train services to Birmingham as part of a £2 billion package of improvements to transform east-west connections on the Midlands’ rail network, submitted to the government by Sub-national Transport Body Midlands Connect.
The Midlands Rail Hub outlines plans to build 15 pieces of new and improved infrastructure to create space for 24 extra passenger trains every hour on the regional network, reducing journey times, increasing rail journeys and supercharging the economy by bringing the East and West Midlands closer together.
The plans, which can be completed in phases between 2024 and 2033, have been submitted to the government by Sub-national Transport Body Midlands Connect, in partnership with Network Rail and with the backing of 47 partner organisations including West Midlands Combined Authority, local authorities, LEPs, chambers of commerce, HS2 and East Midlands Airport.
Passenger journeys in the West Midlands are growing faster than anywhere else in the country, and have risen by 121% over the past decade, but without investment the region’s rail network can’t keep pace with this record demand. Many services between major towns and cities in the Midlands remain slow and infrequent, including an average of 85 minutes between Hereford and Birmingham.
The Midlands Rail Hub comes with the backing of Midlands Connect’s 47 partnership organisations, including West Midlands Combined Authority, local authorities, chambers of commerce and LEPs, as well as Network Rail, HS2 and Birmingham Airport.
Cllr Simon Geraghty, Leader of Worcestershire County Council, said:
“One of my key priorities is to make sure our county is well connected. Being well connected can help Worcestershire residents to access good jobs, education and leisure opportunities and support local businesses to continue to grow our economy.
“The Midlands Rail Hub will help achieve this through faster, more frequent links between Worcestershire and the rest of the Midlands, South West and Wales. This will be further supported with the opening of Worcestershire Parkway station later this year.
“Worcestershire is a fast growing county and we are creating 25,000 new jobs by 2025. The Midlands Rail Hub will support our ambitious growth aspirations and investment in it is critical to bring all corners of the region closer together."
Following the submission of the Midlands Rail Hub Strategic Outline Business Case to the Department for Transport, Midlands Connect has requested an additional £25 million in funding to bring the project to “Outline Business Case” stage of development, which includes specific scheme development and sequencing, a full overview of benefits, project designs, and a full risk assessment.
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.