Latest updates on the development of Kidderminster Station Improvements
29 July 2018
The main Kidderminster Station building is set to be demolished this week as part of major upgrade works - half a century on from when it was first built.
Demolition of the old building will make way for the brand new, glass-fronted building that will be double the size. The new building will be much better equipped to deal with the nearly two million passengers that use the station each year, a number that is set to increase – already making it the second busiest station in the county.
Once the demolition is complete and the site of the new station building cleared, work can start on the construction of the new station with the first job being the laying of the foundations.
For the full story, please read: End of the line for the old Kidderminster Station building
From left to right: Karlton Taylor – Buckingham Group Contractors Limited, Mark Lawton – West Midlands Trains, Ian Baxter – SLC Rail, Gary Woodman – Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, Richard Lessels Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, Cllr Fran Oborski – Wyre Forest District Council, Cllr Ken Pollock – Worcestershire County Council and Subeagh Singh – SLC Rail.
3 July 2018
Work to modernise Kidderminster Station takes another step forward later this month.
Making way for the new bigger and better glass fronted station building, the current ticket office is soon to be demolished.
Whilst this next phase of essential works takes place, temporary forecourt arrangements will be in place from 15 July.
Councillor Ken Pollock, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure said: “Following the huge range of preparation works that have taken place over the last few months, these new temporary arrangements will enable the main station building works to begin.
“With the demolition of the old and work soon starting on the foundations of the new, this marks a real step forward in the programme that will see the station building completely rebuilt.
“We have worked hard to try and minimise disruption however, whilst the changes will be clearly signed, I would encourage regular users of the station to take time to familiarise themselves with the temporary changes.
“The open day next week is an ideal opportunity for station users to come and learn more about the progress of the scheme, and to ask questions about the temporary changes ahead of the next phase of works.”
During this next phase of works, a temporary ticket office will be in use along with temporary toilet facilities.
Train services will not be affected by the works however there will be a short term change to the location of the taxi waiting area and disabled parking bays.
Access to the platforms will also change, as will the drop off and pick up point.
There will also be a change to vehicle flow into the car park with reverse parking only bays in certain areas.
Some footpaths will also be been relocated.
All temporary changes will be clearly sign-posted and a map has been produced to help regular users of the station be aware ahead of them being implemented.
Richard Brooks, customer experience director for West Midlands Railway, said: “The new station will not only improve the experience for existing rail passengers at Kidderminster, but will also provide a real boost for the local economy.
“While trains will operate as normal throughout these works – with some temporary changes to the layout around the station, we would advise rail passengers to allow a bit of extra time when using services over the summer.
“The finished project will create a more welcoming gateway for those visiting the Severn Valley Railway or simply travelling to and from the local area.”
If you would like more information, have any questions or would like to talk through the new temporary arrangements at the station, members of the project team will be available the week before the changes are live on Wednesday 10 July from 7.30am to 6pm.
For more information, please download the Kidderminster Station Improvements leaflet.
Next phase of Kidderminster Station Improvements to begin later this month
Since work began on the scheme at the start of this year, works on the forecourt have moved forward.
When work on the forecourt area, which is currently fenced off, is complete, it will then revert to being used as a passenger drop off area and taxi rank.
It will also host temporary ticket office facilities until the works on the new station building are complete.
For the full story, please read: Full steam ahead on works to revamp Kidderminster Station
20 February 2019
The station approach, forecourt and car park circulatory system were reconfigured last night to provide space for the preparatory work to take place ahead of the station revamp scheme starting in earnest. The taxi rank and passenger drop-off area have been relocated and passengers are asked to be mindful of the changes and follow the signage. Drivers are also asked to note that a one way system has been introduced on the approach and exit to the car park and no U-turning is permitted in the station forecourt..
The pedestrian ramp accessing the station from Comberton Hill will be unaffected and pedestrians approaching from the main station entrance will be directed around the works.
15 January 2019
Prep works in the forecourt area of the station started last week ahead of the main forecourt and station works starting. These works include the removal of the island, some drainage works requiring part of the forecourt to be fenced off and some marking out of temporary car parking spaces. The pedestrian ramp accessing the station from Comberton Hill will be unaffected and pedestrians approaching from the main station entrance will be directed around the works.
The taxi rank and passenger drop off area have been relocated and passengers are asked to be mindful of these changes. Drivers are also asked to note that a one way system has been introduced on the approach and exit to the car park.
6 November 2018
An open day at Kidderminster Station reveals how the new station will look.
As part of an open day held at Kidderminster Station on Tuesday 6 November, a new artist's impression on how the station will look has been revealed by Worcestershire County Council and partners.
The new image shows the improved forecourt and Comberton Hill layouts and also shows how the new glazed, station building will look once completed.
Councillor Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member for Economy and Infrastructure, said: "As the main bulk of work starts soon, I'm delighted that the Project Team are taking the opportunity to talk to passengers, businesses and local residents about the transformation works that will happen over the coming months.
"With this station being the second busiest in the county with almost a fifth of all rail travel in the county either starting stopping here, this investment is very much welcomed."
There are 4 phases of work which will see the station undergo a dramatic redevelopment, including construction of a completely new, glass fronted station building and improved forecourt.
Phase 1, which includes all the initial survey and prep work, is currently in progress and will continue until the end of the year. Phase 2 will see the start of the forecourt works and the installation of the temporary ticket office. In Phase 2 the demolition of the exiting building will take place and the new glass fronted building will start to take shape. Phase 3 will see the fit out and opening of the new station building along with the landscaping outside the station and the final surfacing to the footpaths. Final Phase will see the removal of the ticket office and the surfacing, white lining and kerbing of the access road.
Although this project is being led by us, there are many partners collaborating to make it happen. Here is what they said:
Ian Baxter, SLC Rail’s Strategy Director said: “SLC Rail is delighted to have helped with designing and delivering the new Kidderminster Station, providing a transformative new gateway between the National Rail network, Kidderminster and the Wyre Forest, and the Severn Valley Railway.”
Luke Willetts, Director of Operations at Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “We are proud to have invested £2.5m of Government’s Growth Deal Funds into the transformation of Kidderminster Railway Station. Modernising our county’s transport system is a crucial part of helping people to keep moving and this will ultimately boost productivity for businesses.”
Rod Sillence, sponsor for Network Rail, said: “Investment in the network from outside of the rail industry is vital to support our Railway Upgrade Plan which is providing passengers with better journeys. Improved stations are an important part of this and we are keen to work with and support all interested parties to help successfully deliver these schemes.”
Brenda Lawrence, Head of Stations for West Midlands Railway said, “This is an exciting project and we really welcome the investment being made by Worcestershire County Council. Both rail passengers and the wider local economy will benefit from the new station. When complete, customers will enjoy a more welcoming gateway to the area and nearby Severn Valley Railway.”
Simon Walkley; Partner / Managing Director Rail for Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd, stated; “Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd is, naturally, delighted to have secured this exciting project. We are looking forward to further developing our relationship, and working closely with Worcestershire County Council and SLC Rail plus Network Rail and West Midlands Railway to deliver a fantastic new railway station for the resident of Kidderminster and other station users. We will do our utmost to keep disruption to a minimum and ensure passengers can continue to access rail services during the works.”
Chris Loughran, Deputy Chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), said: "The GBSLEP’s contribution of £2.4m of Local Growth funding to support the redevelopment of the Kidderminster railway station will help improve essential transport links in the Wyre Forest economy. Not only will the redevelopment of the station improve the experience of commuters, businesses and the wider community but it will also bring much needed employment to the region and help in the quest for improved productivity."
24 October 2018
We are running an open day with partners on Tuesday, November 6 ahead of the main works starting on the redevelopment of the station.
Project staff will be on hand at the station to update the public on the plans and answer questions from 7.30am to 6pm.
Kidderminster Station is the second busiest in the county with almost a fifth of all rail travel in the county either starting or stopping here. It is set to undergo a dramatic redevelopment, including construction of a completely new, glass fronted station building. Once complete, inside the station there will be a new café, fully accessible toilets and an indoor seating and waiting area. Outside, the forecourt will be reshaped with a new drop-off and collection zone, relocated taxi rank and new traffic flow arrangements. The aim is to improve pedestrian safety and increase access and exit flow during the busiest times.
Highway works on Comberton Hill have recently taken place and include improved bus shelters and a new pedestrian crossing. These works are set to further improve access to and from the station.
Work on the station is part of the £50million plus the council is spending between 2016 and 2019 on rail improvements that includes the new Worcestershire Parkway and work already completed on Bromsgrove Station last year.
This webpage will be fully updated from November 6 so if you are unable to attend the Open Day, please re-visit this page.
4 July 2018
Preparatory works start later this month ahead of the main project to transform Kidderminster Railway station.
The Council's contractor, Ringway, will start making improvements to Comberton Hill from Wednesday, 18 July and the work will continue until the end of September. These improvements include the installation of two new bus shelters and a pedestrian crossing.
During the works, there will be lane restrictions which will require the use of temporary traffic signals. Approval has been given for the signals to operate from 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday and at weekends where necessary.
In addition to this there will be a few full road closures overnight currently scheduled for mid-September to allow for the road to be resurfaced.
Advanced notice of the work will be displayed two weeks before it starts and a diversion route will be signposted for the overnight closures.
First look at proposals for new-look Kidderminster railway station July 2017
Detailed plans to transform Kidderminster railway station into a landmark gateway to Worcestershire have been revealed.
The station is to undergo a dramatic redevelopment , including a new glass-fronted station twice the size of the existing building. Facilities will include a new café or shop, toilets and indoor seating and waiting areas.
The proposals were on display at an information session on the forecourt at the station on Wednesday 12 July 2017 where train users, residents and businesses were invited to comment and share their views artist impressions of the scheme.
Around 300 people shared their views during a day long information-sharing session hosted by the project team on the station forecourt. In addition, more than 20,000 Facebook users viewed the proposals while the scheme was also shared with readers of the Kidderminster Shuttle and the Kidderminster edition of the Express & Star newspapers. Both publications carried front page stories and images.
The vast majority of comments received are strongly in favour of the scheme.
The station, which has direct trains to the heart of London, Birmingham and Worcester, was used by 1.6 million people last year, with numbers predicted to rise 50% within five years.
Clearly marked waiting and taxi areas will be created in front of the station to make it safer for pedestrians.
The scheme also proposes significant improvements to nearby bus stop and a new pedestrian crossing close to the station on Comberton Hill.
Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet member for Economy and Infrastructure, said: "We have listened to the concerns of travellers about the inadequate facilities at Kidderminster. "It is the second busiest train station in the county and is a major gateway into Wyre Forest and beyond. "These proposals mean the station will better reflect our ambitions for the area as a place to live, work and visit and really improve the experience for the 1.6 million passengers now using the station each year."
The scheme is being led by Worcestershire County Council with support from Wyre Forest District Council, SLC Rail, Network Rail, London Midland, Chiltern Railways, the Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster Railway Museum and local bus operators.
Funding has been made available from growth deals in place with the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) to the value of £1.8 million and through the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership to the value of £2.5 million – a total available investment of £4.3 million.
Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “It is great to see that plans for the transformation of Kidderminster Railway Station have now been revealed.
“Worcestershire LEP has invested £2.5m into the improvements to the bus, rail and pedestrian interchange facilities, which will enable better transport links and connectivity for Kidderminster. This investment forms part of our wider plans to provide Worcestershire with a modernised transport infrastructure that enables businesses to continue to grow.”
Mike Lyons, GBSLEP Board Director said: “We are delighted that the Kidderminster Railway Station transformation plans have been unveiled.
"This is an excellent example of how neighbouring LEPs can work together successfully to support shared priorities for both their businesses and residents.
“Kidderminster is an important part of our economy, and this is a high priority project for GBSLEP.
"The improvements outlined will go a long way to improving connectivity and supporting economic growth for the area. We look forward to working with our colleagues at Wyre Forest District Council and the Worcestershire LEP to bring the scheme forward.”
Tenders will be invited from contractors with a view to project completion by summer 2019.