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Bit further afield but a major scheme really and gone pretty much under the radar really

Scheme Overview
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.

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 Map
An objective of Worcestershire Parkway is to also remove existing regional and national car journeys from the strategic road network, thereby reducing road traffic congestion.

Funding for total scheme comes from a variety of sources including: „

Worcestershire County Council „
Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership „
Developer / Third Party contributions
Key Priorities
The key rail priorities for Worcestershire County Council and its partners are:

to deliver improvements to rail services and infrastructure in Worcestershire to meet Central and Local Government expectations that the rail network should actively support economic growth
to 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
to 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
to 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
All four factors lead to increased car use for strategic journeys which would otherwise be made by rail. There is also a significant use by Worcestershire residents of alternative regional stations, notably Birmingham International and Warwick Parkway leading to avoidable use of congested sections of the local and strategic road networks.

Scheme Details
The new station will be built to serve both railway lines when it comes into use, 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
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
roundabout access to the station from the B4084
The site for the station lies within a rural environment and the scheme will take account of and mitigate against any environmental impact the development might have.
 

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The new Worcestershire Parkway railway station will be open “towards the end of the year� Worcestershire County Council has said.

The main station building is nearing completion and the internal fit-out works have begun.

Work has started on the installation of the three, 265 metre long, platforms, each being built in sections onsite, away from the track, and then manoeuvred into place.

A pedestrian bridge providing access to the platforms is in place, the new highway roundabout has been installed and opened to through traffic and work is underway on the 500 space car park and access road.

Worcestershire County Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for economy and infrastructure, Cllr Ken Pollock said: “Every time I visit the site I am amazed at the progress being made.

“With the main station building now being fitted-out and the opening date expected late this year, the goal of trains stopping at Worcestershire Parkway Station is now in sight.�

Worcestershire County Council currently expect the station to be open during the final quarter of 2019 with passengers being able to access services on the North Cotswold and Cardiff-Gloucester-Birmingham Lines which intersect at the station.

Marc Riley of Buckingham Group Contracting Limited, Worcestershire County Council’s contractor for the scheme, says, “We are confident of completing the station works by the summer to enable the Entry into Service process to begin and for the station to be open once this process is complete later this year.�

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 – 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-Newcastle and Bristol-Manchester services to call at Worcestershire Parkway in the future.

http://www.thebusinessdesk.com/west...station-to-be-open-before-the-end-of-the-year
 

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I didn’t realise that the north Cotswolds line is only single track and hence just the three platforms.
If my memory serves, the GWR laid double-track from Wolvercote Junction (north of Oxford) all the way to Worcester Shrub Hill. Various sections of the line were singled by British Rail in the 1970s / early 1980s due to BR being under the cosh when it came to Treasury funding. Some of the line has been redoubled in the last decade to accommodate extra rail services, but some single sections still remain. From the picture in an earlier post you can see the GWR bridge over the Midland Railway route was originally built for double track.

I guess there was no will to build another platform and track for this new station due to the extra expense. Time will tell if that was a mistake - but it doesn't look too difficult.
 

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I didn’t realise that the north Cotswolds line is only single track and hence just the three platforms.
Yep in that area and for a few miles north of Oxford where southbound (London) trains have to wait for the northbound train. It's a pretty but pretty slow journey through the Cotswolds with some platforms only 1-2 carriage lengths and even recently extended platforms can't accommodate the 9-car new Hitachi diesel sets! In fact when the train speeds up to Didcot the difference is noticeable whereas after joining the S. Wales line it's a while to get used to the 125 mph where it feels like the train might come off the rails because of it, but the infrastructure is excellent cf the Cotswolds. It is a sign of our 6th largest economy's real state of affairs when removing the single line sections is thought to be more than is required and the construction of Worc. Parkway without two platforms really makes it hit home.
 

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That's a great idea - need more Parkway stations especially at connections like these. A note about better connectivity further up the Birmingham line - as well as University why doesn't Cross-Country plan to stop at Barnt Green to grab passengers that happen to come from Redditch?
 

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I don’t think barnt green would have capacity or infrastructure in surrounding area to cope with the extra demand, with the huge multi storey car park at longbridge that could be the ideal place for extra services

Alternatively why not make kings norton a hub, it will have the camp hill line stations connected as well as the stations south of it and has middle platforms ready to use with some works - the glass works along the railway will also be relocating to Redditch at some point so plenty of land to redevelop add a big park and ride facility too
 

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Went over and got some drone footage of the nearly finished station today...


(First proper drone flight, forgive me if it's a bit jumpy!)

One thing I really don't like is how open the platforms are. If we are trying to make public transport more attractive, we need covered platforms as a minimum! Nobody wants to get wet while waiting for a train in the winter.
 
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