kidderminster station progress
When Worcestershire County Council announced on 3 February 2015 that the government had agreed to provide the final £1.8 million needed to get the “long-awaited” redevelopment of Kidderminster Railway Station under way, it stated that it anticipated that construction work would start by summer 2016 with completion about 18 months after that (i.e. Spring 2018).
Since then, very little has been announced and SLUG has pressed Worcestershire County Council for details on how the project is progressing. SLUG has now received a reply which we can share with you.
The project will replace the existing inadequate railway interchange. This will be achieved by :
5 april 2017
The current situation is that Network Rail have completed the design works for the station building, and CH2M have undertaken design works for the station forecourt and highways elements. Option Selection Reports are currently with Network Rail for final acceptance. The future timetable envisages that GRIP4 contracts will be awarded in May with work starting on the highways portion of the project in May 2018 and on the station itself in August 2018. All site works are scheduled for completion in February 2019 with project closure scheduled for April 2019.
SLUG will continue to liaise with Worcestershire County Council and will post full details of the design of the new station and forecourt as soon as they are made public.
The people of Kidderminster have waited a long time for a station that is fit for use by the £1.6 million passengers who use it every year. SLUG hopes that no further delays will occur to push the completion of this project back into the next decade.