Hereford & Worcester

Kidderminster station revamp to begin after £1.8m funding award

Kidderminster railway station Image copyright Google
Image caption Kidderminster station will get new buildings, and a traffic light system to improve access

A £4.3m revamp of a Worcestershire railway station can begin after the remaining funding was secured from the government, a council has said.

An additional £1.8m has been given to the project at Kidderminster station.

The rest of the funding was secured last summer, Worcestershire County Council said.

The revamp, which is subject to planning and firms tendering for the work, is due start in summer 2016, a spokesman said.

Kidderminster station refurbishment

  • New station buildings
  • Improved forecourt layout
  • Better access for pedestrians, people with disabilities, cyclists, taxis and buses
  • Traffic lights on the A448 Comberton Hill at the junction with Lea Street

Deputy leader of the council Simon Geraghty, said: "This scheme will compliment other major projects in the local area, such as the improvements to Kidderminster town centre public space and the Hoobrook Link Road."

The Stourbridge Line Users Group (Slug), which has campaigned for the refurbishment, saying the current station buildings are not "fit for purpose".

Chairman Rob Hedron said: "It needs a proper waiting room and toilets - at the moment you have to ask for a key - a revamp will make the area more attractive to tourists."

He suggested it should have a "heritage feel", to match the adjoining station building of the Severn Valley Railway, a line to Bridgnorth, Shropshire, run by a charity.

The extra cash has been given to the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) from the government's £54.2 million growth fund.

Andrew Cleaves, from GBSLEP, said: "This is an excellent example of how neighbouring LEPs can work together successfully to support shared priorities for both their businesses and residents."

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