Worcestershire County Council is committed to the delivery of a Parkway station in the triangle of land formed by the intersection of the Worcester to London (North Cotswold) and Birmingham to Bristol railway lines and the B4084 near Norton. The location is also close to Junction 7 of the M5 motorway.
The scheme is a priority for Worcestershire County Council, the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (WLEP), Chamber of Commerce, Members of Parliament and Worcestershire District Councils. The scheme is aligned with the priorities agreed between these bodies, in particular in terms of economic growth in Worcestershire, and is included in the adopted Local Transport Plan (LTP3), the Worcester Transport Strategy (WTS); and the emergent South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP).
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 January 2017. This enabled us to formally award a contract for the design and construction of the station to specialist rail contractor Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd in February 2017.
Clearance work is currently underway to prepare the site where the new station will be located. This includes carrying out de-vegetation work to allow the site to be prepared ready for development.
Following completion of the clearance work and approval of final design work in summer 2017, construction will begin in autumn 2017. The station will be completed and opened 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