Worcester MP Robin Walker has welcomed the news that Worcestershire Parkway will be open from Sunday 23rd February, the culmination of years of campaigning.

Better rail connectivity allows easier travel in and out of Worcestershire, which will provide a boost to local businesses and tourism in Worcester. Robin has campaigned for the new Parkway station over many years, and it 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 East-West routes without stopping. It will also mean more train services that serve Worcester will be able to reach the capital in under two hours.

Users of the station will benefit from easy access from the B4104, just off Worcester’s ring road and a 500-space car park with reasonable charges. Those arriving at the station by bike will experience a much-improved cycle way from Woodbury Lane and plenty of cycle parking including a two-tier bike rack near platform 2. Robin has consistently campaigned for good cycle access to the station for his constituents in St Peter’s Parish.

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 500-space parking provision for the county’s commuters is a factor that Robin repeatedly called for, given the very limited parking available at Foregate Street and Shrub Hill stations.

The station will also help to remove traffic from the county’s main roads and motorways. Currently, there are many commuters that drive to larger stations out of county. With its 500-space carpark and fast services to Cardiff and London Paddington, many of these commuters will now have the option to travel from Worcestershire Parkway.

Worcester MP Robin Walker said:

“Worcestershire Parkway has been many years in the planning, and despite the fact that I was hugely frustrated when the opening was delayed before Christmas, the project becoming a reality is great news. This is a project that has been planned for and dreamt about for literally decades and I am thrilled that it has now become a reality. This is the first new station to be delivered on the Great Western Line in Worcestershire since the days of Brunel and it is fitting at a time when we are seeing the greatest investment in our railways since the Victorians, that we should be getting such a vital investment in our infrastructure.”

“Parkway may be outside my constituency, but it will make a massive difference for my constituents, as for anyone living outside the city centre the existing stations are hard to reach and difficult to access. For residents of St Peter’s, 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. It will also provide faster direct connectivity with the capital in London and the new East-West rail corridor from Oxford whilst unlocking new routes to Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff and Nottingham in the future. I have already written to Cross Country Trains to invite them to get more of their trains to stop at the new station and to First Buses to encourage them to provide it with a regular bus service.”

Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Infrastructure, Councillor Ken Pollock, said:

 “I am delighted to announce the opening of Worcestershire Parkway on behalf of the County Council. The station is set to transform rail travel to and from the county and not only that, it looks great as well.”

“I’d like to thank all those involved in making this station, which has been talked about for over 30 years, a reality. Without the County Council’s ambition for this station to be built to better serve our residents and businesses, the station would not exist.”

Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (WLEP), said:

“The opening of Worcestershire Parkway will have a positive impact on the local economy. Not only will it provide local commuters with improved access and journey times to and from Oxford and London, but it will also improve the overall connectivity of Worcestershire to the national network.”

“The brand-new direct services arriving at the station from Cardiff, Derby and Nottingham, will reduce congestion on the roads of commuters who travel to stations such as Birmingham International and Warwick Parkway to make these connections. This station will make Worcestershire a more attractive destination to invest as better connectivity is key to unlocking more local economic growth.”

ENDS

Notes to editors 

For more information about the Worcestershire Parkway scheme, please visit the web page at:

www.worcestershire.gov.uk/parkway

For Robin’s previous statements and campaigns on Parkway station and rail services to the city, see:

https://www.walker4worcester.com/2018/07/worcester-mp-welcomes-progress-at-worcestershire-parkway-station/

https://www.walker4worcester.com/full-steam-ahead-as-walker-welcomes-start-of-construction-on-worcestershire-parkway-rail-station/

https://www.walker4worcester.com/walker-welcomes-more-seats-and-services-for-worcester-commuters-as-nearly-1billion-invested-in-midlands-trains/

https://www.walker4worcester.com/worcesters-transport-on-track-under-the-conservatives-at-risk-from-labour/

https://www.walker4worcester.com/walker-welcomes-launch-of-worcestershire-rail-investment-strategy-and-calls-on-business-community-to-back-proposals/

https://www.walker4worcester.com/walker-welcomes-another-milestone-for-worcestershire-parkway-station-will-help-thousands-of-worcester-people/

https://www.walker4worcester.com/businesses-must-speak-out-now-to-strengthen-case-for-fast-track-worcester/

https://www.walker4worcester.com/two-hour-service-from-worcester-to-london-one-step-closer-as-walker-questions-transport-minister/

https://www.walker4worcester.com/big-breakthrough-for-fast-track-worcester-campaign-as-2-hour-service-appears-on-horizon/