Worcestershire Parkway Station
Worcestershire Parkway forms part of the wider £50million plus rail investment programme in Worcestershire and is a key part of the longer term Worcestershire Rail Investment Strategy.
This scheme will provide sustainable access to regional and national destinations by rail, including the south-west, north-east, London and the Thames Valley. This will significantly enhance Worcestershire’s connectivity with the UK’s key economies and encourage economic growth and development within the county.
Located to the east of Junction 7 of the M5, the station will be accessible for commuters from all over the county. Currently, some commuters travel outside of the county to Birmingham or Warwickshire Parkway to get a train to London or the North.
An objective of Worcestershire Parkway is to also remove existing regional and national car journeys from the strategic road network, thereby reducing road traffic congestion.
Funding for total scheme comes from a variety of sources including:
- Worcestershire County Council
- Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership
- Developer / Third Party contributions
The key rail priorities for Worcestershire County Council and its partners are:
- to deliver improvements to rail services and infrastructure in Worcestershire to meet Central and Local Government expectations that the rail network should actively support economic growth;
- to address Worcestershire's current poor accessibility to and from London arising from the limited frequency and length of journey time of North Cotswold Line services;
- to transform access to the rail network for Worcestershire passengers currently restricted by minimal car parking capacity and limited opportunities for expansion at other County stations;
- to tackle Worcestershire's exclusion from the Cross Country network (Bristol-Birmingham-North West/North East). Despite the services passing through the very heart of the County, rail access is only viable by making connections at Birmingham New Street and Cheltenham Spa. This must be addressed as it severely restricts the County's economic relationship with other parts of the United Kingdom.
All four factors lead to increased car use for strategic journeys which would otherwise be made by rail. There is also a significant use by Worcestershire residents of alternative regional stations, notably Birmingham International and Warwick Parkway leading to avoidable use of congested sections of the local and strategic road networks.
The new station will be built to serve both railway lines when it comes into use, and will include:
- a car park with a capacity of up to 500 spaces (including disabled parking) designed to current standards in terms of lighting, CCTV, ticketing, customer facilities and information;
- a fully accessible modern station building with toilets, ticket desk, and a retail facility;
- a single platform on the North Cotswold Line and two platforms on the Birmingham to Bristol Line that will be fully accessible;
- secure cycle storage, motor cycle parking and electric car charging points;
- direct access to local bus services through a bus/rail interchange
- taxi rank and drop off/pick up point;
- roundabout access to the station from the B4084.
The site for the station lies within a rural environment and the scheme will take account of and mitigate against any environmental impact the development might have.
The Council's plans for Worcestershire Parkway were approved by the Department of Transport in early 2017. This then enabled us to formally award a contract for the design and construction of the station to specialist rail contractor Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd.
Clearance work took place through the Summer of 2017 to prepare the site where the new station will be located. This included carrying out de-vegetation work to allow the site to be prepared ready for development.
Following completion of the clearance work, the laying the foundations of the new building began in Autumn 2017. The station works will be completed in Winter 2018/19.
Public Engagement Exercise
A public engagement exercise was carried out in 2014 and the report is available to download.
Planning Permission for Worcestershire Parkway was granted on 25th August 2015.
Artist's impression of the new Worcestershire Parkway at night