Posted 24th February 2020 | 4 Comments

New Worcestershire station opens

A NEW station has opened in Worcestershire.

The first train to call at Worcestershire Parkway yesterday morning was the 08.28 GWR service to London.

Work on the site, which includes a 500-space car park, began in 2018. It has a single platform on the North Cotswolds Line and two platforms on the Cardiff to Nottingham route.

GWR’s interim commercial development director Tom Pierpoint said: ‘We know this station has been a long-held ambition for the people of Worcestershire and we have been pleased to work alongside the county council and our rail industry partners to ensure the delivery of this impressive new facility.

‘Worcestershire Parkway will benefit from the changes introduced in our December timetable. Customers travelling on one of our new Intercity Express Trains will enjoy a fastest journey time of one hour 49 minutes from Worcestershire Parkway to London Paddington, and 53 minutes to Hereford.’

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  • dave barry, wallasey

    very disappointed to read that its on the Nottingham to Cardiff line! Surely Worcester is important enough to warrant a stop for trains on the Cross Country main line from the North to the West.

  • John Gilbert, Cradley

    An excellent station. Very encouraging, except for the absence of any meaningful shelters actually on the platforms! So waiting for a train becomes a wet job! Just as it is at Bromsgrove new station!! (Yes I know there are marvellous hallways, but when the train is almost due one must wait on that wet platform!!)

  • Dr Cllr Ken Pollock, Cheletenham

    Within the limitations of the current timetable, Parkway does offer that "park and ride" service for Worcester city, with passengers being able to alight at Shrub Hill or Foregate Street to suit.
    A more frequent shuttle service may come later, but would require considerable extra investment. Nevertheless, it is in the programme for the coming years.

  • king arthur, Buckley

    It's a shame that they didn't use this as an opportunity to create a park and ride service into Worcester City, especially since the park and ride bus was discontinued some years ago. Foregate Street station is centrally placed and anyone familiar with the city will be very well aware of the traffic problem.