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.
Worcestershire County Councillor Ken Pollock, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, said; “I am delighted to see train links between Worcester and London will be under 2 hours, which will be a hugely important extra service for the residents of Worcestershire. The county’s economy is one of the fastest growing in the UK and the quicker trains will help us to continue to encourage more inward investment. “
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.
Worcestershire has been campaigning for many years for faster services between Worcester and London. Two years ago, Worcestershire County Council launched its Rail Investment Strategy and faster trains to London were a major part of that plan.
Better connectivity for the county is an essential element in growing the region’s economy and bringing investment and jobs to Worcestershire. The faster London trains are expected to generate a further 420 jobs in the region.
The new Cross Country Cardiff to Nottingham service will stop at Worcestershire Parkway, which is the first time this service as stopped at a Worcester station for more than 30 years, further increasing connectivity.
The rail industry forecasts up to 97% growth in passenger volumes on Worcestershire routes by 2043.