Image: GWR train by Adrian Hart Platform Art
Worcestershire County Council adopted its ambitious Rail Investment Strategy to make a strong case for enhanced County rail connectivity in November 2017.
Connectivity improvements can be achieved via local and long-distance rail services, to both regional and UK wide economies in order to promote the Prior to adoption in November 2017, a consultation on the draft Worcestershire Rail Investment Strategy took place over an 8 week period until 11 August 2017, to obtain feedback on the proposals from the public and stakeholders.
This strategy includes the rail schemes contained in the draft Local Transport Plan 4 plus any additional longer term rail aspirations for the county and looks at how these can be developed and prioritised.
The Strategy focuses on four overarching themes for rail service development. Specifically:
- two trains per hour Worcester to Paddington
- one train per hour Kidderminster/Droitwich Spa/Worcester/Paddington
- additional calls at Worcestershire Parkway for Bristol/ Manchester and Plymouth/Newcastle services
- regional service between Kidderminster and Bromsgrove, Worcester and Cheltenham Spa, Gloucester and Bristol
This is supported by key aspirational infrastructure schemes, essential to facilitate this new connectivity, including:
- North Cotswold line capacity upgrade
- Worcester Area and Droitwich Spa to Stoke Works capacity upgrade
- Worcester Shrub Hill station regeneration.
- Electrification of both the Bristol to Birmingham and Snow Hill lines
- New car park capacity and/or new stations