New £7m Stratford Parkway railway station opens

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The station is on the line between the Wilmcote and Stratford stations

A £7m railway station has opened in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire.

The new Parkway station has been built at Bishopton, near the A46, next to existing park-and-ride spaces.

Warwickshire County Council said the opening coincided with new timetables that would see later services running to and from the town.

Programme manager, John Harvey said: "At the moment the last train leaves Stratford at 21:30 BST, from Sunday the last one will leave at 23:30 at night."

Services on a Saturday would also increase from every hour to half-hourly, Mr Harvey said.

The new services will be operated by London Midland over the next three years.

The station was built as part of the council's Sustainable Transport Project, and was funded by the Department of Transport.

"[We built it] mainly because of the commuter market," said Mr Harvey.

"At the moment the town centre station is hard to get to, particularly in the peak hours when it gets busy.

"We've got a huge car park here, so commuters can pull straight off the A46 and jump on a train to London or Birmingham."

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