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.
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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.
Worcestershire Parkway Station will aim to:
- remove existing regional and national car journeys from the strategic road network, thereby reducing road traffic congestion
- 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
- 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
- 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
The new station is built to serve the two railway lines (North Cotswold Line and Birmingham to Bristol Line) that it sits in between 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 points
- 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
- a new roundabout access to the station from the B4084
- a new footbridge for the public right of way over the Birmingham to Bristol line
The services that will stop at the station include:
Great Western Railway services operating between Hereford, Great Malvern, Worcester, and the Thames Valley and London Paddington via stations including Pershore, Evesham, Oxford and Reading will call at the station along with services between Cardiff and Nottingham.
When the station first opens, journey times and the frequency of services to and from London Paddington will be similar to current services. This will be roughly hourly across the day with some additional services in the peak periods.
However, the Council is working with the North Cotswold Line Task Force to secure the investment necessary to improve on this in the future. The ambition being a two trains per hour service between Worcester and London, made up of a full hourly train service between Great Malvern, Worcester and Paddington, and an hourly service between Kidderminster, Worcester and Paddington.
Trains operated by Cross Country between Cardiff and Nottingham via stations including Gloucester Central, Cheltenham Spa, Ashchurch for Tewkesbury, Birmingham New Street and Derby and which do not currently stop at Worcester stations will call at the new station from opening.
The County Council and its partners are also keen for Cross Country Plymouth to Newcastle and Bristol to Manchester services to call at Worcestershire Parkway in the future. This will go even further towards transforming Worcestershire’s direct rail connectivity to major UK economies in the south-west, north-west and north-east. To further these ambitions the Council has developed a comprehensive Rail Investment Strategy and is working closely with its partners in the rail industry, other local authorities and Worcestershire's MPs.