Robin Walker, MP for Worcester, who has campaigned for many years for a new Worcestershire Parkway rail station, has welcomed news from the County Council that they have been awarded the contract to begin construction to the south east of the city.
The new station will mean passengers have much easier journeys as they will be able to catch regular long-distance cross country services which currently pass through the County on the Bristol to Birmingham route without stopping. It will also give Worcester residents who live outside the centre of the city an easier and more convenient way to catch services on the Cotswold line that serves London and Hereford.
The new station, located at Norton, will be a 14 acre site just east of M5 Junction 7, will include 500 car park spaces for Worcestershire’s commuters – a factor that Robin has repeatedly called for given the limited parking options at Foregate Street and Shrub Hill.
The final sign off for Worcestershire Parkway station means site preparation and final design works will get underway this winter with construction work to follow. The new station will improve journey times for Worcestershire’s rail commuters, cut travel times to and from London and improve links to other major cities.
The majority of the budget for the scheme will be self-funded through station car park fees and access charges levied on the Train Operating Companies, along with £8.3million from the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership through the Government’s Growth Deal.
Commentating on the good news Robin said:
“For decades there has been talk of a new Parkway Station for Worcestershire but this week’s announcement means it is just around the corner. This will make a huge difference for my constituents as for anyone living outside the city centre the stations are hard to reach and nearly impossible to park at. For residents of St Peter, the Warndon Villages, St John’s or almost anywhere on the West side of the city, this will be a station that will be easier to reach and use.”
“The new station will also strengthen the case for faster journey times between Worcester and London, something that I know is a key priority for local businesses and our LEP. It bring a sub two hour journey time another step close and along with the new Intercity trains being commissioned by the Government its delivery will make our train services faster and more regular.”
Notes to Editors:
For further detail from the County Council’s announcement:
Worcestershire Growth Deal:
- Worcestershire has a 10 year Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) which has been formed by working with all partners including local businesses, councils, trade bodies and the voluntary sector
- Worcestershire has been allocated £47m in the first round of the Growth Deal during 2014 and £7.2m in the second round in January 2015. The programmes which are funded by the Growth Deal are vital to delivering Worcestershire’s SEP.
- The SEP and the programmes funded by the Growth Deal enable a number of key improvements to be made across the County that will help Worcestershire to continue to be a world class place for business.
- Projects through the Growth Deal will create jobs, leverage private and public sector funding, improve road and rail networks and Worcestershire’s flooding resilience. The funding will also further develop skills and ensure even greater rollout of Superfast Broadband.