By Carl Jackson Friday 27 September 2013 Updated: 01/10 11:56
PLANS for Bromsgrove’s new railway station were given the green light by Worcestershire County Council on September 24 after the authority’s planning and regulatory committee unanimously voted in favour of the multi-million pound scheme.
The new station on New Road in Aston Fields will have longer platforms to accommodate six-carriage trains as well as provide capacity for an extra 300,000 passengers a year.
Currently the existing unmanned station sees more than half-a-million people pass through every year but passenger numbers are expected to rise to around 800,000 by 2029.
The plans were submitted by the council alongside Centro, but the development also falls in line with Network Rail’s separate project to electrify and resignal the line between Bromsgrove and Barnt Green.
This will enable three out of six trains which travel from Birmingham New Street and terminate at Longbridge to continue to Bromsgrove.
The new station is on track to be completed by May 2015 with the extended train services expected to be introduced by May the following year.
There will be 365 car park spaces there, compared to just 40 at the moment, but the current pay to park arrangement will be maintained as it is part of the business plan to fund the project.
Options are being looked at to discourage rail users parking their cars in Aston Fields and Breme Park for free, potentially causing disruption to residents.
Coun Rob Adams, chairman of the planning and regulatory committee, said: “This is a very welcome and exciting proposal for the area, which will bring economic benefits not only for Bromsgrove but also for the whole of Worcestershire.”
Ian Frostick, project manager on the new station, said an overwhelming 92 per cent of respondents to a public consultation in January were in favour of the scheme.
“Improvements in the train service, improved facilities and improved integration with bus transport will make train travel a more attractive travel option between Bromsgrove and Birmingham in the short term and provide further opportunity for further improvements for west bound services in the future.”
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