Worcestershire County Council’s Planning & Regulatory Committee in the UK has granted planning permission for a new £22m Parkway Regional Interchange Railway Station in the county.
The new station, which will connect the Cotswolds and Birmingham to Bristol lines, will be situated just outside of Worcester City, close to Junction 7 of the M5 near Norton.
The groundwork for the station is scheduled to be initiated by early next year and open in late 2017.
The station will include a single platform on the Worcester to London line and two platforms on the Birmingham to Bristol line, together with a new station building, as well as have 500 car parking spaces.
The project is being funded by both the county council and the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
Last year, the Worcestershire LEP allocated £7.5m from the Worcestershire Local Growth Deal towards a new station, while the remaining £14m funding is expected to come from the county council.
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The project is identified as a major priority through the county’s strategic economic plan, which is aiming to create 25,000 new jobs in Worcestershire by 2025, along with boosting GVA by almost £3bn.
Worcestershire County Council cabinet member for highways John Smith OBE said: "Today’s decision is great news for residents and businesses and means we can now start work on making the new Worcestershire Parkway Railway Station a reality.
"The county council recognises how important a reliable and robust transport infrastructure is to the local economy, which is why we are committed to continuing to invest in this key area through several major projects, including Worcestershire Parkway.
"As well as reducing journey times and congestion, the station will improve rail accessibility and connectivity with the rest of the country. In turn this will attract inward investment and create new jobs."
Image: Groundwork for the £22m Worcestershire Parkway Railway station will begin by early 2016. Photo: courtesy of Worcestershire County Council.