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.
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.
Artist's impression of the new Worcestershire Parkway at night