Sir Peter Luff hails Worcestershire Parkway breakthrough

Worcester News: Sir Peter Luff, the MP for Mid-Worcestershire Sir Peter Luff, the MP for Mid-Worcestershire

A WORCESTERSHIRE MP has hailed the news that a new railway station is finally heading to the county - declaring victory after 25 years of campaigning.

Sir Peter Luff, who was first elected to parliament in 1992, says he's been lobbying for Worcestershire Parkway to be built at Norton before he even became a politician.

The veteran Conservative, who represents Mid-Worcestershire, the constituency where the new station will be based, says seeing it come to fruition will be a fitting legacy once he retires next year at the general election.

As your Worcester News revealed on Tuesday, the Government has awarded Worcestershire a £47 million cash injection which includes £7.5 million for the parkway site.

Worcestershire County Council's leadership says a planning application will be submitted in the first half of next year, and is trying to take ownership of the land ahead of an opening target of the 2016/17 financial year.

The Government says it will hand over the £7.5 million for parkway in April 2016, with the Department for Transport planning talks with operators over using the site.

Mr Luff said: "I have been making the case for a Worcestershire Parkway station for my whole time as a Member of Parliament and before that as a candidate, so this news proves that persistence pays.

"Worcestershire County Council has also been working hard on making the case and pushing forward with the plans for this station, for which I thank them warmly.

"The station will revolutionise rail travel for local people by providing a hub to connect north and south services between Birmingham and Bristol, and east and west services between Worcester and Oxford and London. "Crucially it will have plenty of parking for people to leave their cars. "The money arrives just when it’s needed in mid-2016 when construction is likely to begin.

"There a few more obstacles to be overcome, but we are firmly on the downhill slope to success now and I could not be more delighted."

The £47 million Government cash has come from a national pot called the Growth Fund, which all 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships across the country were competing for.

Of that cash, £13 million is being handed over in 2015/16 and the rest will be drip fed across during the following four years.

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2:24pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Ted Elgar says...

Does this mean they will close Shrub Hill?
Currently people wanting to travel to Bristol can do so by travelling to Cheltenham and then changing their, but if Shrub Hill closes then they will have to drive out of town, pay for parking, and continue their journey from there. Very convenient for people living out in the country with big cars wanting to commute to the City.. like erm, Peter Luff. Less convenient for people wanting to travel by train.
Does this mean they will close Shrub Hill? Currently people wanting to travel to Bristol can do so by travelling to Cheltenham and then changing their, but if Shrub Hill closes then they will have to drive out of town, pay for parking, and continue their journey from there. Very convenient for people living out in the country with big cars wanting to commute to the City.. like erm, Peter Luff. Less convenient for people wanting to travel by train. Ted Elgar
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2:26pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Ted Elgar says...

Does this mean they will close Shrub Hill?
Currently people wanting to travel to Bristol can do so by travelling to Cheltenham and then changing there, but if Shrub Hill closes then they will have to drive out of town, pay for parking, and continue their journey from there. Very convenient for people living out in the country with big cars wanting to commute to the City.. like erm, Peter Luff. Less convenient for people wanting to travel by train.
Does this mean they will close Shrub Hill? Currently people wanting to travel to Bristol can do so by travelling to Cheltenham and then changing there, but if Shrub Hill closes then they will have to drive out of town, pay for parking, and continue their journey from there. Very convenient for people living out in the country with big cars wanting to commute to the City.. like erm, Peter Luff. Less convenient for people wanting to travel by train. Ted Elgar
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2:56pm Fri 11 Jul 14

i-cycle says...

Hopefully the County Council will be following its own stated policies by making sure adequate provision is made for the new station to be made readily accessible by bus and bike.
Hopefully the County Council will be following its own stated policies by making sure adequate provision is made for the new station to be made readily accessible by bus and bike. i-cycle
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3:23pm Fri 11 Jul 14

skychip says...

There are through trains to Bristol from Shrub Hill, used to be every 2 hours.
There are through trains to Bristol from Shrub Hill, used to be every 2 hours. skychip
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5:26pm Sat 12 Jul 14

WorcesterLad2000 says...

Ted Elgar wrote:
Does this mean they will close Shrub Hill?
Currently people wanting to travel to Bristol can do so by travelling to Cheltenham and then changing there, but if Shrub Hill closes then they will have to drive out of town, pay for parking, and continue their journey from there. Very convenient for people living out in the country with big cars wanting to commute to the City.. like erm, Peter Luff. Less convenient for people wanting to travel by train.
This is why they're building a parkway to provide direct trains to bristol every hour (maybe 3 every hour) and getting there in less than an hour (& parkway will have parking).
[quote][p][bold]Ted Elgar[/bold] wrote: Does this mean they will close Shrub Hill? Currently people wanting to travel to Bristol can do so by travelling to Cheltenham and then changing there, but if Shrub Hill closes then they will have to drive out of town, pay for parking, and continue their journey from there. Very convenient for people living out in the country with big cars wanting to commute to the City.. like erm, Peter Luff. Less convenient for people wanting to travel by train.[/p][/quote]This is why they're building a parkway to provide direct trains to bristol every hour (maybe 3 every hour) and getting there in less than an hour (& parkway will have parking). WorcesterLad2000
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7:42am Sun 13 Jul 14

green49 says...

This has been spouted for as long as i can remember, pigs will fly first, another brilliant waste of taxpayers money by the CONservatives, they are so good at it.
This has been spouted for as long as i can remember, pigs will fly first, another brilliant waste of taxpayers money by the CONservatives, they are so good at it. green49
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12:03pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Tynwald says...

This is intended as a third Worcester station and has been talked about for at least ten years. It has the potential to offer fast and frequent trains to many parts of the UK but will not make the service to London any faster.

I also believe that it has enjoyed cross party support.

There is a big however though. Cross Country Trains have apparently never been keen as it would add extra journey times to their fast Birmingham to Bristol and Cardiff services. Their other fear is that it will fill with local commuters to Birmingham taking away seats for longer distance passengers.
This is intended as a third Worcester station and has been talked about for at least ten years. It has the potential to offer fast and frequent trains to many parts of the UK but will not make the service to London any faster. I also believe that it has enjoyed cross party support. There is a big however though. Cross Country Trains have apparently never been keen as it would add extra journey times to their fast Birmingham to Bristol and Cardiff services. Their other fear is that it will fill with local commuters to Birmingham taking away seats for longer distance passengers. Tynwald
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