£14.2 million transport boost for city

Worcester News: Transport cash confirmed for city Transport cash confirmed for city

MORE than £14 million of funding towards transport improvements across Worcester have been given approval by the Government, it has emerged.

The Department for Transport has today finalised the massive cash injection towards easing congestion around the city.

The £14.2m of funding handed to Worcestershire County Council will pay for:

- More cycle lanes and footpath improvements across the city

- Upgrade work at Foregate Street station including new lighting, signs, modernised ticket machines and a new canopy

- Electronic message boards to alert drivers where spaces are in city car parks

- Upgrades to the Ketch and Norton roundabouts along the A4440 Southern Link Road, in St Peter’s

The cash, first reported by your Worcester News last year, has now been confirmed and is being beefed up with £5.3 million from the county council.

The Foregate Street upgrade, which was approved by the city’s planning committee in October, will cost £785,000 and lead to replacements to the two 1970s canopies, automatic doors and an internal upgrade.

Some of the cash will also be put towards a £500,000 revamp of Malvern Link railway station, including a new booking office, waiting rooms, covered cycle stands, revamped toilets and remarked car parking spaces.

The cash is known as phase one of the Worcester Transport Strategy, a much-publicised series of congestion-busting improvements.

Councillor Simon Geraghty, deputy leader and cabinet Member for economy and infrastructure, said: "This news is very welcome and a real boost for the area at the start of 2013.

“The plans included in phase one of the strategy are all about improving things here and now, but it's just as important to stress that they are part of a longer term project looking at making things better when it comes to how we get around.”

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12:20pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Leeolitina says...

Nothing will ease congestion in worcester until (a) they complete the ring road with the new bridge north of worcester (b) they reduce significantly the cost of park and ride (c) reduce the cost of public transport for people over 25 - not just for the university kids who get everything cheap anyway!
Nothing will ease congestion in worcester until (a) they complete the ring road with the new bridge north of worcester (b) they reduce significantly the cost of park and ride (c) reduce the cost of public transport for people over 25 - not just for the university kids who get everything cheap anyway! Leeolitina

12:55pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Landy44 says...

It's madness to spend anything at the moment. It's complete lunacy what they actually want to spend it on!

How can these people be so incompetent?
It's madness to spend anything at the moment. It's complete lunacy what they actually want to spend it on! How can these people be so incompetent? Landy44

3:37pm Wed 13 Feb 13

More Tea Vicar says...

Leeolitina wrote:
Nothing will ease congestion in worcester until (a) they complete the ring road with the new bridge north of worcester (b) they reduce significantly the cost of park and ride (c) reduce the cost of public transport for people over 25 - not just for the university kids who get everything cheap anyway!
Good points. I can imagine they've chosen the things they've chosen because they're shovel-ready.

But it's hard to see that they'll do much about easing congestion.

You mention the P+R. It's not the price that's the problem, it's the crap design.

The actual car park itself is great, it's just that the Council have done a crap job even by their own standards on the journey into town; the buses are incredibly slow and irregular.

The ones at Cheltenham, even Bath (which is way out of town, and has to deal with steep hills) are way better.
[quote][p][bold]Leeolitina[/bold] wrote: Nothing will ease congestion in worcester until (a) they complete the ring road with the new bridge north of worcester (b) they reduce significantly the cost of park and ride (c) reduce the cost of public transport for people over 25 - not just for the university kids who get everything cheap anyway![/p][/quote]Good points. I can imagine they've chosen the things they've chosen because they're shovel-ready. But it's hard to see that they'll do much about easing congestion. You mention the P+R. It's not the price that's the problem, it's the crap design. The actual car park itself is great, it's just that the Council have done a crap job even by their own standards on the journey into town; the buses are incredibly slow and irregular. The ones at Cheltenham, even Bath (which is way out of town, and has to deal with steep hills) are way better. More Tea Vicar

4:49pm Wed 13 Feb 13

farmeralan1963 says...

Oh god, the highways department are going to be entrusted with £14.2m to make improvements? Knowing their track record of utter incompetence, we'll end up with next to nothing to show for £14.2m, while what we'll end up with will make matters worse, cause chaos and make things less safe.

And the fact that there is a total lack of commitment and petitioning to complete the ring road goes to show that the highway engineers have no intention of making things better and clearly want to make Worcester a no go area. In relation to its size, I find Worcester one of the worst places to travel around. And it's not that the Park & Ride alternative is any good either, poorly located and poorly served, especially the one at the rugby ground.
Oh god, the highways department are going to be entrusted with £14.2m to make improvements? Knowing their track record of utter incompetence, we'll end up with next to nothing to show for £14.2m, while what we'll end up with will make matters worse, cause chaos and make things less safe. And the fact that there is a total lack of commitment and petitioning to complete the ring road goes to show that the highway engineers have no intention of making things better and clearly want to make Worcester a no go area. In relation to its size, I find Worcester one of the worst places to travel around. And it's not that the Park & Ride alternative is any good either, poorly located and poorly served, especially the one at the rugby ground. farmeralan1963

8:58pm Wed 13 Feb 13

saucerer says...

This will be £14.2m worth of **** ups and incompetence from our highway officers, the so called "experts". Come on guys, see if you can plunge to even lower depths of ineptitude and arrogance.
This will be £14.2m worth of **** ups and incompetence from our highway officers, the so called "experts". Come on guys, see if you can plunge to even lower depths of ineptitude and arrogance. saucerer

8:04am Thu 14 Feb 13

DEMRICS says...

I have to agree with many of the comments on here. I can only envisage yet more error strewn schemes being delivered by the incompetent highway engineers, and as ever, it is the public who will suffer and will end up picking up the pieces at their cost. It is high time this department was held to account to the public, while their should be a public led scrutineering panel monitoring every project they get involved in, with the ability to remove these staff from the scheme or even their jobs should continue to display unmatched levels of ineptitude.
I have to agree with many of the comments on here. I can only envisage yet more error strewn schemes being delivered by the incompetent highway engineers, and as ever, it is the public who will suffer and will end up picking up the pieces at their cost. It is high time this department was held to account to the public, while their should be a public led scrutineering panel monitoring every project they get involved in, with the ability to remove these staff from the scheme or even their jobs should continue to display unmatched levels of ineptitude. DEMRICS

9:22am Fri 15 Feb 13

CJH says...

Let's hope they don't spend all the money on consultants. As for public scrutineering - isn't that what councillors are supposed to do - represent us and our views?
Let's hope they don't spend all the money on consultants. As for public scrutineering - isn't that what councillors are supposed to do - represent us and our views? CJH

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