Rail team are on track to make the right connections for local MP - The Worcester Observer

Rail team are on track to make the right connections for local MP

Worcester Editorial 15th Aug, 2023   0

A TEAM from Midlands Connect and Great Western Railways met with Mid Worcestershire MP, Nigel Huddleston at Worcestershire Parkway station recently to discuss how their plans for the Midlands Rail Hub could benefit his constituency.

Midlands Rail Hub is an ambitious £1.5billion rail scheme to transform rail travel across the Midlands.

It includes improved access from the West Midlands to the South West, Wales, and the East Midlands.

It is envisaged this will create an additional two million seats on the network per year as well as giving more people access to HS2 – when it is completed.

When Curzon Street station in Birmingham is up and running, connections from Moor Street station to the high-speed network are projected to be seamless.

The rail scheme will see the frequency of trains from Cardiff to Birmingham doubling, with stops at Newport, Gloucester, Cheltenham Spa, and Worcestershire Parkway.

When plans are built, Mr Huddleston’s constituents will also benefit from faster and more frequent services from Hereford to Birmingham, which stop at Droitwich Spa.

“These proposals are so important for improving connections for the residents of Worcestershire,” said Mr Huddleston.

“More services to Cardiff and Birmingham will create amazing opportunities for constituents.

“I support these proposals and look forward to the development of the full business case.”

Sarah Spink, from Midlands Connect added: “It’s great to be in Worcestershire today and to have the support of the local MP.

“Midlands Rail Hub proposals will benefit people living in Worcestershire and across the nation.

“We really want to crack on with the next phase of our plans.”

Midlands Connect is the transport partner of the Midlands Engine, and the Midlands’ Sub-national Transport Body.

Its aim is to research, develop and champion long-term transport projects which will provide the biggest possible economic, social and environmental benefits for the Midlands and the rest of the UK.


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