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).
After that, very little was announced and SLUG pressed Worcestershire County Council for details on how the project is progressing. SLUG received a reply in April 2017.
The project will replace the existing inadequate railway interchange. This will be achieved by :
1 january 2018
By April 2017, Network Rail had completed the design works for the station building, and CH2M had undertaken design works for the station forecourt and highways elements. Option Selection Reports were placed with Network Rail for final acceptance.
On Wednesday 12 July 2017, rail passengers were able to see what the new multi-million pound Kidderminster railway station will look like when artist impressions of the scheme were put on display at an information session on the forecourt at Kidderminster station.
The station is set to undergo a dramatic £4.3 million redevelopment - including a new glass-fronted station twice the size of the existing building. Facilities will include a new cafe or shop, toilets and indoor seating and waiting areas. Clearly marked waiting and taxi areas will be created in front of the station to make it safer for pedestrians. The scheme also proposes significant improvements to nearby bus facilities and a new pedestrian crossing close to the station on Comberton Hill.
Work on site is currently scheduled to start in August 2018 with completion expected in summer 2019.
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.
Four artist’s impressions of the new station are shown below. Click on any of the thumbnails to view a larger version of each photograph.
Further information is available on the Worcestershire County Council website and can be view by clicking on the button below.