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Foregate Street revamp gets thumbs up from city MP

Worcester Editorial 18th Mar, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

THE CITY’S main railway station has officially re-opened after undergoing a major facelift.

A £785,000 revamp of Worcester Foregate Street station includes new entrance canopies, surfacing and internal cladding.

City MP Robin Walker, the Mayor of Worcester, Pat Agar and Lord Faulkner of Worcester attended the official opening last Friday (March 14).

On opening the station, Mr Walker, said it further cemented the station as one of the principal gateways to Worcester city, welcoming visitors and making the city more attractive to businesses.

The makeover was part of Worcestershire County Council’s wider Worcester Transport Strategy which aims to secure improvements in vital infrastructure and support economic growth.

There was also support from London Midland and Network Rail.

Earlier in the day improvements at Malvern Link station including a brand new booking office, waiting facilities with toilets, access ramp and car park remodelling were unveiled.

Simon Geraghty, deputy leader and cabinet member for economy, skills and infrastructure, said: “We are delighted this project gives today’s rail users updated facilities while respecting their heritage features.

“Thousands of people living and working in Worcestershire rely on the rail network every day. These new facilities at the stations will deliver an enhanced experience for users at these two key stations.

“I would also like to thank people for their patience during the improvement works at both Foregate Street Station and Malvern Link Station. These projects are part of the Worcester Transport Strategy, which aims to reduce congestion on our roads and to remove barriers to economic growth across the county.”

Patrick Verwer, London Midland’s managing director, added: “We are committed to improving the journey experience for our passengers and the station environment plays a pivotal role in that.

“The scale of works which have been carried out at Malvern Link and Worcester Foregate Street are extremely impressive and a testament to what can be achieved through effective partnership working.”

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