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Worcester's Foregate Street railway station deserves classier revamp
6:23pm Wednesday 24th October 2012 in News
Bland, uninspiring, not good enough... but it is the best we are going to get so we had better vote for it.
That, sadly, is the gist of the dialogue when Worcestershire County Council’s planning committee debated a scheme to ‘improve’ Worcester’s Foregate Street railway station.
Network Rail was seeking approval for a spruce-up of the station.
It was given the go-ahead only because councillors feared refusal might jeopardise any chance of investment at all.
It is disappointing that Network Rail, which had after-tax profits of £754 million in 2011-12, could find only £785,000 to spend on Foregate Street.
Because this is a station that could be so much more attractive.
It lies in the heart of an area of great historical interest. It, together with the bridge it adjoins, could form a magnificent gateway to the city.
Yet only one improvement of any note is being offered to enhance the view of the station from the street – an over-elaborate glass canopy to replace the current 1970s affair.
Both our county councillors and city councillors are correct to decry this lost opportunity for Foregate Street.
Network Rail – a private firm, albeit one that is dependent on taxpayer funding – has come up with a drab little scheme that does little for what should be a signature site for Worcester.
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