RAIL PROJECTS ON TRACK
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RAIL PROJECTS ON TRACK

Mid Worcestershire MP Peter Luff said that two vital local rail projects in his constituency were "still on track."

Following meetings with the chief executive of Network Rail and the managing director of CrossCountry trains in Birmingham this week, Mid Worcestershire MP Peter Luff said that two vital local rail projects in his constituency were "still on track."

Network Rail's MD, Iain Coucher, was confident that the announcement due this month from the rail regulator on the redoubling of the Cotswold Line would be positive. He started discussions with the MP on how the project should be handled as the realignment of the current track and the laying of a new line is likely to require the total closure of the line for a period of time.

In a separate meeting, CrossCountry's Andy Cooper, who runs trains between the West Country and Scotland via Birmingham, told Peter that he was enthusiastic about the long-awaited Worcestershire Parkway. He praised Worcestershire County Council's positive attitude to the scheme and encouraged the MP to continue lobbying for the station to be built.

Commenting, Peter Luff said,

"It really does now look as if the Cotswold Line will be redoubled between Evesham and Charlbury, transforming the reliability of local rail services.

"Meanwhile, the train operating company crucial to the Worcestershire Parkway project at Norton is really positive about the scheme's benefits.

"I have been lobbying for both these schemes for about as long as I can remember, and it's good news to think that one is nearly achieved and the other is wanted by the railways themselves. Now I'll talk again to the county council about what we need to do to make Parkway happen.

"The massive development planned for South Worcestershire over the next twenty years makes both schemes vital if we are to keep the place moving."

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Photograph shows Peter at Evesham Station


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