THESE images show how £17.6million will be spent to create a new train station on the edge of Worcester.
The artist’s impressions of the Worcestershire Parkway Rail Station will be on display at several venues in the city where people will get the chance to have their say on the project.
The scheme, which Worcestershire County Council’s cabinet voted in favour of, will see a station created at the intersection of Oxford and Worcester line and the Birmingham and Bristol line near Norton.
Earlier this year Central Government provisionally allocated £7.5million from the Local Growth Fund towards a new station after a successful bid through the Strategic Economic Plan.
The county council is expected to fund the remaining £10million towards the project, which could be completed in May 2017.
Once built, the fully accessible station would comprise a single platform on the Cotswold line and two platforms on the Birmingham to Bristol line. There would also be a booking office, toilets and shops as well as a 500-space car park.
The project would open up access to Cross Country lines, which council bosses believe would reduce congestion caused by passengers being forced to travel to Birmingham International and Warwick Parkway stations.
Coun Simon Geraghty, cabinet member for Economy, Skills and Infrastructure, said: “We are committed to in making the plans for Worcestershire Parkway Rail Station a reality.
“It’s key to delivering economic growth and thousands of new jobs over the next ten years, alongside other infrastructure schemes underway such as Worcester’s Southern Link Road (A4440).”
Exhibitions will take place today (Wednesday) at Shrub Hill Railway Station from 4pm to 7pm, on Monday (October 13) from 8am to 4pm at Norton Parish Hall, next Thursday (October 16) from 10am to 1pm at St Peter’s Garden Centre and next Saturday, October 19 from 11am to 3pm at Foregate Street Railway Station.
Visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/parkway for more information.