Worcestershire Parkway opening date set

The new Worcestershire Parkway station will open on Sunday, February 23, the county council has announced.

The £22m station is located south-east of Worcester, where the Cotswold Line crosses over the Birmingham-Cheltenham-Bristol line.

Most Great Western Railway (GWR) services on the Cotswold Line will call at the station’s high-level platform, with CrossCountry trains between Cardiff, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Birmingham and Nottingham calling at the low-level platforms, allowing easy interchange between the two routes.

The station is just off the B4104 between Worcester and Pershore and has a 500-space car park. Buses on First Worcestershire X50/51 route between Worcester, Pershore and Evesham are expected to serve the station forecourt, where cycle racks will be available.

The station, which will be run by GWR, is fully accessible, with lifts to all three platforms.

Worcestershire County Council’s cabinet member for economy and infrastructure, 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, the chief executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, 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.”

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