Blakedown Station Car Park

Background and proposals


Introduction 

Worcestershire County Council concluded it's pre-planning public engagement exercise on 7 November, 2021

Background

The Worcestershire Rail Investment Strategy, adopted in November 2017 by Worcestershire County Council, sets out the key priorities for rail services and infrastructure improvements to support the County’s commitment to improve rail access and connectivity for its residents, businesses and visitors. 

A rail network map showing the local, regional and national destinations of rail lines which run through Worcestershire.  It includes a new station under development for Rushwick on the Hereford line.

 

The provision of additional car parking for Blakedown station is identified in the Worcestershire Rail Investment Strategy and incorporated into the Worcestershire Local Transport Plan (LTP4) (November 2017).  Both the Worcester Rail Investment Strategy and LTP4 were subject to public consultation prior to adoption by Worcestershire County Council.

In 2019 Wyre Forest District Council undertook public consultation on the emerging Wyre Forest District Local Plan (2016-2036), following feedback from the local community and stakeholders a site off Lynwood Drive was identified and earmarked in the Local Plan for the purpose of a car park for Blakedown station.   

There is currently very limited car parking at Blakedown station resulting in station users parking on Station Drive and neighbouring roads, driving to other stations or making their whole journey by car. The Worcestershire Rail Investment Strategy identified the shortfall in car parking at Blakedown station as a constraint to future rail passenger growth at this station. 

Blakedown station car park will help those who wish to move away from travel by private car to access public transport, thereby reducing congestion and improving air quality on key corridors. 

The proposed Blakedown station car park is located on a site adjacent to the Kidderminster to Birmingham railway line and Lynwood Drive, a short walk to Blakedown station.

Location of the proposed Blakedown station car park*

The proposals for Blakedown Station Car Park

The car park at Blakedown would provide parking for up to 87 cars, including six allocated parking bays for users with reduced mobility and five EV (electronic vehicle) charging points. It also includes parking for up to eight motorbikes and 12 cycle stands. Whilst the number of parking spaces has been determined by the extent of land available, a demand modelling exercise looking at predicted future passenger numbers at this location, taking account of the potential impact of COVID-19, indicates the number of spaces to be sufficient to allow for current and future anticipated parking demand.  

Indicative layout plan of Blakedown Station Car Park (PDF)

Project timeline

  • Until 7 November 2021 - public engagement
  • Following the engagement exercise - complete development of proposals and submission of planning application to local planning authority 
  • Autumn/Winter 2022 – construction of car park commences (subject to planning consent)
  • 2023/early 2024 - car park open  

Construction 

Details of how construction will be managed to mitigate the environmental impacts (including noise, vibration, dust and traffic) will be subject to a planning condition. We do not anticipate out of hours construction but should this be necessary the contractor will keep neighbours informed about planned working arrangements, so they are aware of and can plan for any disruption. Every effort will be made to ensure that impacts on residents and businesses are kept as low as possible, both during daytime working and in the event that essential work needs to take place at night or during the weekend.

Journeys to and from the Car Park 

A Transport Assessment will be submitted as part of the planning application. The Transport Assessment has been undertaken so as to understand if provision of the car park would impact on the local road network.  The results of the Transport Assessment indicate there is very little queuing or delay currently and that the car park is extremely unlikely to have any significant impact. In addition, the car park is not expected to impact on the operation of the level crossing on Station Drive as the majority of vehicles accessing the car park are expected via the A456, Birmingham Road. 

Environment

The site has been the subject of ecology surveys and an Ecological Assessment will be submitted as part of the planning application. The Ecological Assessment has been undertaken to understand the ecological sensitivity of the site and to assist in enabling the development proposals to be designed in such a manner so as to avoid or mitigate any potential impacts on wildlife.