Robin Walker, MP for Worcester, has welcomed the latest progress at Worcestershire Parkway rail station.
The main steel structure of the station building is now taking shape, and once fitted out, this will house the ticket office, toilets and a retail outlet. The footbridge over the Birmingham Gloucester railway line is almost complete and the platforms, which are being built away from the railway in sections, will be lifted into place next to the railway line towards the end of the year.
The 500-space car park, which will be a key benefit to the station, will include disabled parking, electric vehicle charging points and cycle and motorcycle parking facilities.
Robin campaigned for the new Parkway station for 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 the East-West 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 500-space parking provision for the county’s commuters is a factor that Robin repeatedly called for given the limited parking available at Foregate Street and Shrub Hill stations.
Councillor Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, said:
“It’s great to see the progress on this much needed station which will help to transform rail travel across the county.
“The improvements already made at Worcester Foregate Street, Malvern Link and more recently Bromsgrove Station, mean these stations are now better equipped to deal with the predicted increase in passenger numbers. Along with the Kidderminster Station redevelopment and Worcestershire Parkway completing next year, rail travel to and from the county will soon be easier than it has been for the last 40 years.”
Commenting on the latest progress, Robin said:
“I’m so pleased to see the construction of Worcestershire Parkway coming on so swiftly. The project has been many years in the planning, and to see one of my key campaigning priorities becoming a reality is great news.”
“This will make a huge difference to my constituents, as for anyone living outside the city centre the existing stations are hard to reach and nearly impossible to park at. 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.”