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Date: 11/07/2017

Local residents are being invited to have their say on the Worcestershire Rail Investment Strategy.

Worcestershire County Council has prepared an ambitious Rail Investment Strategy to make a strong evidence based case for enhanced rail connectivity in the county.
Better connectivity is achieved through better local and long-distance rail services, creating closer links to both regional and UK-wide economies in order to promote the county’s sustainable economic growth and success.
The Strategy focuses on four overarching priorities for rail service development. These are:
  • Two trains per hour from Worcester to Paddington
  • One train per hour between Kidderminster/Droitwich Spa/Worcester/Paddington
  • Additional calls at Worcestershire Parkway for Bristol/Manchester and Plymouth/Newcastle services
  • A regional service between Kidderminster and Bromsgrove, Worcester and Cheltenham Spa, Gloucester and Bristol
There are also key priorities for aspirational infrastructure schemes, essential to achieving greater connectivity, including:

  • Capacity ugrade to the North Cotswold Line
  • Capacity upgrade to the Worcester area and Droitwich Spa to Stoke Works lines
  • Regeneration of Worcester Shrub Hill station
  • Electrification of both the Bristol to Birmingham and Snow Hill lines
  • New Car Park Capacity and/or new stations
Cllr Dr Ken Pollock, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, said: "We are pleased to announce the Worcestershire Rail Investment Strategy as a statement of our great ambitions for rail connectivity in Worcestershire. These plans outline improvements to transport links that will reduce local journey times, as well as strengthening Worcestershire's links to regional and nationwide economies, contributing to the county's continuing economic success."
Worcestershire County Council welcomes the views of residents on the Worcestershire Rail Investment Strategy until Friday 11 August 2017.
To leave feedback, please respond online at
Hard copies of the Worcestershire Rail Investment Strategy and a hard copy response form will be available in libraries.