Station on track to take passengers this year

March 07 2019
Station on track to take passengers this year

Trains are due to start passing through Worcester’s new Parkway station at Norton later this year.

Construction work on the station is due to be completed during the summer, with inspection and testing to be carried out before it becomes fully operational.

It will be operated and managed by Great Western Railway, with Network Rail managing the rail infrastructure.

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

Installation work has started on the three, 265 metre-long, platforms. Each is being built in sections on site, away from the track, before being 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 well under way on the 500-space car park and access road.

Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, Conservative councillor 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.”

Before it can open, the station has to go through the standard rigorous Entry into Service process, which, apart from testing and inspection, includes station staff training, driver training, completion of certification and the formal station handover to Great Western Railway.

Worcestershire County Council expects 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.

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.

The council is, however, working with the North Cotswold Line Task Force to secure the investment necessary to improve on that in the future.

The ambition is 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.