The Local Transport Plan

The Local Transport Plan

The Worcestershire Local Transport Plan focuses on attracting and supporting economic investment and growth, by delivering transport infrastructure and services to tackle congestion and improve quality of life.


The Worcestershire Local Transport Plan focuses on attracting and supporting economic investment and growth, by delivering transport infrastructure and services to tackle congestion and improve quality of life. Worcestershire’s new Local Transport Plan (LTP4) was consulted upon earlier this year (2017) and was fully adopted on 9 November 2017. The outcomes of this consultation can be seen in the Consultation Report.

Download the Local Transport Plan Consultation report

Worcestershire Passenger Transport Strategy

Worcestershire County Council is consulting residents and stakeholders on the draft Passenger Transport Strategy in order to fully understand the contribution that these services make to the local economy, and their value in terms of community, health and wellbeing.

Read more about the Worcestershire Passenger Transport Strategy

Worcestershire Rail Investment Strategy

Have Your Say on the County’s new draft Worcestershire Rail Investment Strategy (WRIS2)

Worcestershire County Council is pleased to invite comments on their revised draft Worcestershire Rail Investment Strategy (WRIS2). The strategy has been produced to update on the original Rail Investment Strategy which was adopted in 2017, which was influential in securing much needed rail investment in rail infrastructure and facilities in the county.  

Rail is critical to the ongoing economic development of the county, providing low carbon travel choice, and the potential for enhanced connectivity to high growth economies throughout the country for businesses and residents in Worcestershire. 

The new revised draft Worcestershire Rail Investment Strategy (2022 to 2050) strategy updates the 2017 strategy, reflecting the changes in the industry, ongoing recovery from covid, review of local plans and achievements to date. It sets out the priorities for rail investment is the county, recognising the need for partnership across the rail industry to ensure delivery. The strategy looks to the future setting timelines for delivery to 2050. 

Download: Draft Worcestershire Rail Investment Strategy 2022 to 2050 (PDF)

Have your say

Your feedback is valuable and anonymous and could help us shape our new rail strategy.  

Closing date for feedback is Friday, 21 October, 2022

What happens next?

Any feedback received during the consultation exercise will be evaluated and may be used to revise the strategy. A summary report  will be published on the website in due course. The final version of the WRIS2 will be published on WCC website in winter 2022 to 2023. 

Worcestershire County Council would like to thank any participants for taking part in the survey and providing comments.

Original Rail Investment Strategy which was adopted in 2017

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:

  1. two trains per hour Worcester to Paddington
  2. one train per hour Kidderminster/Droitwich Spa/Worcester/Paddington
  3. additional calls at Worcestershire Parkway for Bristol/ Manchester and Plymouth/Newcastle services
  4. 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

Download the original Worcestershire Rail Investment Strategy (PDF)

Streetscape design guide and specification

Worcestershire County Council has produced a Streetscape Design Guide and Specification to aid architects, engineers, planners, developers, designers and other professionals in preparing transport infrastructure related to new developments.

The Streetscape Design Guide and Specification will be updated periodically.

Interim A Boards Policy

Worcestershire County Council is currently developing a comprehensive policy and process for the licensing and management of all temporary obstructions on the public highway, including A boards. Until the comprehensive policy is adopted, the following Interim A Boards Policy will apply:

Download the Interim A Boards Policy

Residents' Parking Schemes

Worcestershire County Council is happy to assist residents that find it difficult to park near their own homes due to an influx of drivers using residential streets to park for purposes other than visiting residents. A Residents' Parking Scheme request will be pursued by a review of parking in the area, consultation with all residents and consideration of various criteria. Where conditions are met, regulations will be pursued to allow parking for residents and their visitors only at appropriate times through the purchase of permits. The document below details Worcestershire County Council's approach to the provision of these resident parking schemes.

Download the Residents Parking Schemes Policy

Transport Demand in the Hagley area

Worcestershire County Council has prepared this report on transport demand in the Hagley area, to inform perceptions of demand and growth on the A456 transport corridor.

Download the Transport Demand in the Hagley area report

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