PUSHING TO PUT PARKWAY BACK ON THE AGENDA
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PUSHING TO PUT PARKWAY BACK ON THE AGENDA

The train company that could make or break plans for Worcestershire Parkway station is being urged to support the scheme by a local MP.

MP for Worcestershire, Peter Luff, is seeking a meeting with Andy Cooper, the Managing Director of Cross Country trains, in a bid to put Worcestershire Parkway station firmly on the train company’s agenda.

In a letter to the rail boss, Peter made clear the many benefits from the station. These benefits include allowing Worcestershire travellers access to the Cross Country service North-South from Bristol to Birmingham and the availability of a large, secure car park.

The project has support from the County Council and from residents across Worcestershire and would bring huge economic benefits to the county by improving the connections by train in and out of Worcestershire to the South West, the North Birmingham and London.

In the letter Peter wrote:

“The saga of planning a parkway station at Norton, where the train lines between London and Worcester and Birmingham and Bristol cross but do not effectively connect, is a long one. The proposal has received much support from both local authorities and the public over the years. However, significant breakthroughs are still to be made.

“I believe that committing to Worcestershire Parkway would not only provide a more efficient and effective train service but also it would encourage a significantly increased number of customers to use the line for both commuting and leisure.

“I appreciate that there may be a time penalty from an additional stop, but the benefit to the railway should significantly outweigh this.”

Commenting Peter said:

“The construction of Worcestershire Parkway Station is an issue that has gained intermittent attention over the years. It’s back on the agenda in large part due to the consultation on the Great Western franchise, with many local organisations calling for the station to be built to enhance access to services to London and Oxford. I really hope Cross Country will realise the many benefits for them and their passengers too if they commit to backing this project.

“I know that Worcestershire Parkway is fully backed by Worcestershire County Council and still receives tremendous local support, so I remain optimistic that Worcestershire Parkway will be built. I will continue to fight tooth and nail to ensure this important project finally gets the go ahead.”

ENDS

Peter Luff 01905 763952


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