To mark the announcement of over £209 million funding for transport schemes in the county, a Government minister visited Worcester to meet the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Worcester.

Parliamentary under-secretary of state for pensions, Paul Maynard MP, visited Worcester on Monday (February 26) to meet Marc Bayliss, who is bidding to replace Robin Walker MP as the constituency's representative.

The hundreds of millions of pounds worth of investment will be invested in Worcestershire over the next seven years.


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During their city tour, Mr Bayliss and Mr Maynard visited Shrub Hill Station to discuss allocating some of the new funds for station improvements.

These could include upgraded facilities for disabled access to platforms, signalling updates, and potentially creating a new entrance for the Brunel-designed station.

The freshly acquired funds are a part of a larger £4.7 billion pot - previously allocated for the HS2 past Birmingham - which were reassigned to transport improvements.

As a result, Worcester County Council has more power and responsibility to identify and implement improvements to bus services, roads, and pavements.

Mr Bayliss, currently a cabinet member for economy & infrastructure on the council, will be playing a key role in overseeing the plans for spending the newly-acquired funds.

Mr Maynard said: "This new money for Worcestershire provides a great opportunity to make a significant improvement to transport options across the County.

"I am delighted to be able to visit Worcester and see for myself the difference to people’s lives it will make."

Mr Bayliss added: "I want to thank Paul and the Government for this announcement.

"Improving transport and cutting congestion is one of the key themes of my plan for Worcester and this new money will enable us to take a big step forward."