Hereford & Worcester

Bromsgrove railway station: Views sought over plans

Artist's impression of proposed site
Image caption The new station would include a car park with 350 spaces

Residents and businesses are being asked for their views on plans for a £10m Worcestershire railway station.

A public consultation will run until 17 March over the proposed new Bromsgrove station in the Aston Fields area, about 100m from the current one.

It would include four platforms and a 350-space car park.

Business leaders welcomed the move and said the new station, due to open in 2015, would make it easier for visitors to access the town.

Work on the station, which involves Worcestershire County Council, Network Rail, the Department for Transport and West Midlands transport authority Centro, is expected to start next year.

The county council said the total project would cost more than £10m, but the exact costs would not be known until after the finalisation of designs following the consultation.

The current proposal would see the station moved further south to allow full electrification of the line from Barnt Green to Bromsgrove, the council added.

'Only be good'

Mike Ashton, chief executive of Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, said they were still talking to their members about the plans.

"It is clear however, that if the development reduces congestion and makes it easier to access the town this can only be good for businesses," he said.

He added, however, that the chamber's members' biggest concerns at present were how the cost of train travel could be affecting their businesses.

Exhibitions will be taking place on a bus at the railway station and in High Street in the town from 15 January.

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