Rigorous checks delay Parkway station opening

January 07 2020
Rigorous checks delay Parkway station opening

The new Worcestershire Parkway station will open early this year, it has been announced.

It was originally due to be operating from the autumn of 2019 but that had to be put back as the station at Norton, the county’s first new one in a century, has undergone rigorous Entry into Service checks.

That has involved testing and commissioning all the new equipment and facilities, a complex process involving a wide range of the station’s stakeholders. 

Construction of the site is complete ahead of the opening.

Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, councillor Ken Pollock, said: “Having consulted our rail industry partners, we expect the new station to become fully operational early this year.

“The opening date for this will be confirmed as soon as possible.

“The station, in conjunction with the new timetable which launched in December, is set to revolutionise rail travel to and from mid-Worcestershire.

“The positive impact it will have on our local economy and communities will be transformational.”

The station has seen the introduction of the new CrossCountry and GWR timetable, the latter covering all GWR services across Western England and South Wales, representing the greatest change on the GWR network for more than 30 years.

Some key peak services to and from London will take less than two hours, with a fastest time of one hour, 49 minutes, and passengers will be able to get to Cardiff in one hour, 23 minutes and to Nottingham in one hour, 49 minutes.

The station has a 500-space car park.

It will also be served by the number X50 bus on its routes from Evesham to Worcester via Pershore and has taxi ranks and drop-off points.

The station has secure bicycle parking and a secondary pedestrian and cycle access via Woodbury Lane.

Charlotte Thornton Smith, head of Harrison Clark Rickerby’s Worcester Office, said: “Connectivity is all in business and the new station, which is a really impressive building, will link us more easily to South Wales, the South West and London.”

The entrance to Worcestershire Parkway station