CROSS CITY LINE SOUTH IMPROVEMENTS.  The new double line section through Alvechurch and the new Bromsgrove station should allow Cross City line trains to serve Redditch and Bromsgrove three times an hour, thus improving accessibility from North Worcestershire to Birmingham


KIDDERMINSTER STATION.  A certain amount of funding has been secured for 2016 and 2017 to allow some improvements to be made but further funding is required for the complete project to rebuild the station building and improving the forecourt area


BIRMINGHAM TO BRISTOL SERVICES.  Current services between these cities pass through Worcestershire without stopping.  An additional hourly service is proposed calling at University, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire Parkway, Ashchurch, Cheltenham Spa, Gloucester, Yate and Bristol Parkway


WORCESTER RAILWAY STATION IMPROVEMENTS.  Although improvement works have recently been undertaken at Foregate Street, further improvements are still needed at both Worcester city centre stations to bring them up to the required standard.  


CYCLE AND CAR PARKING.  An increase in the number of car parking spaces at many stations in Worcestershire would be of considerable benefit and reduce the number of people who drive to stations like Stourbridge Junction.  Cycle parking spaces are also essential at many stations.


WORCESTERSHIRE PARKWAY.  The proposed station would make Worcestershire more accessible by rail.  Funding for phase 1 has been agreed through the transport growth fund and construction should start during 2016


SIGNAL AND LINE CAPACITY ENHANCEMENTS IN WORCESTER.  Currently Foregate Street station has two single lines running through it, rather than a true double track.  Restoring true double track around the triangle would improve reliability and improve the scope for new services


COTSWOLD LINE IMPROVEMENTS.  The redoubling of the single line section from Norton Junction to Evesham via the proposed Worcestershire Parkway station would improve reliability and journey times and allow additional trains to operate


BIRMINGHAM TO WORCESTER SERVICES.  An improved service on this line with direct links to Birmingham Airport and enhanced capacity on the single line from Droitwich Spa to Stoke Works would greatly improve accessibility and reduce overcrowding


BROMSGROVE NEW STATION.  Work has started on site to build a new station at Bromsgrove about 400 yards south of the current basic station.   The new station should open to the public during 2015


Worcestershire County Council Top 10 Rail Priorities - Document

worcestershire county council’s top 10 rail priorities

Worcestershire County Council have published a document detailing their top 10 priorities for improving rail travel within the county.  The 10 priorities are summarised below and the full document may be read by clicking on the link at the bottom.

As far as the Stourbridge line is concerned, items 5, 7, 8 and 10 would all directly offer improvements to our line, while item 4 could provide us with the potential to extend our services to the proposed Worcestershire Parkway station (item 1) if implemented correctly and offer our line the benefits proposed in item 9.

2 january 2016