By Connie Osborne Friday 20 September 2013 Updated: 20/09 01:25
BROMSGROVE’S new multi-million pound railway station is on track to be given the green light at Worcestershire County Council’s Planning and Regulatory Committee on Tuesday (September 24).
The plans for the station on New Road, Aston Fields, which will be jointly funded by Worcestershire County Council and Centro, are recommended for approval.
Unlike the current one, the building would have a manned ticket office, passenger waiting room, along with toilets and travel information.
A new car park would also provide up to 365 parking spaces which would include disabled parking bays, electric vehicle charging stations, car share bays and two bus stops.
And a fully accessible station concourse, which is aimed at accommodating up to 800,000 passengers per year compared to the 520,000 the current station handles, will have automated ticketing, covered cycle storage, vending machines and access to a lift. A covered bridge will also link to platforms from the concourse.
It is also proposed the station would have two vehicle access points, one on New Road which would create two-way access and another on Stoke Road via Selway Road.
The new site was chosen after the platforms at the current station could not be extended from accommodating three-carriage to six-carriage trains. They are needed to cope with the current and future demand between Birmingham New Street and Bromsgrove.
While Network Rail and Centro felt the former station did not have the passenger service facilities needed for commuters, including no public toilets.
If the plans are approved the work could begin by next year, with the opening expected in 2015.
Mike Ponsonby, chair of Bromsgrove Rail Users Group, said he formally endorsed Worcestershire County Council’s plan to make a formal application to build a new railway station at Bromsgrove.
“This is the most important infrastructure delevopment for all residents of Bromsgrove in over 150 years and will significantly enhance travel to and from Bromsgrove by an electrified rail service.”
Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid added: “I’m very pleased that Worcestershire County Council has recommended that plans for the new railway station be approved.
“This vital infrastructural upgrade will bring clear benefits to the whole of Bromsgrove, as well as the wider region.
“Much time and effort have been spent preparing for the new station, so I’m delighted that this decision takes us one step closer to it.”
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