Construction of town's new railway station to get underway

WORK on Bromsgrove's new multi-million pound railway station is set to get underway this month.

In February the Advertiser revealed preparation work, including the installation of several new retaining structures and realignment of the existing track routes, had begun at the Aston Fields site.

Tomorrow, March 13, a ceremony is being held to mark the beginning of the main work to construct the station, being built 250 metres south of the current New Road one.

The £17.4 million station is needed because the location of the current station does not allow the extension of the existing three-carriage platforms, or accommodate the needs of the electrification of the railway line.

The new station is planned to accommodate six carriage trains, with the possibility for future extension for nine carriage trains.

The station will feature an external concourse linked to new bus stops, taxi rank, and pedestrian footpaths.

It is also set to feature a staffed ticket office, a passenger waiting room, toilets, automated ticketing, covered cycle storage, vending machines, and covered access to the lift and stairs.

Roger Horton, Centro's lead member for rail, said: "I am delighted that work is getting underway.

"This is an exciting development for Bromsgrove.

“The new station, together with connection to the Cross City line and electrification, will mean better and more frequent services for passengers.”

The station is earmarked for a 2015 opening, while work on a separate electrification scheme - bringing all four of the station's new platforms into use - is expected to be completed by May 2016.

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8:56pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Iain Leav says...

Very good news and long overdue. Very poor how currently there is little or no shelter from the elements and only one ticket machine which is often faulty.

I do hope the staffed ticket office, a passenger waiting room and toilets will be open more than 9 - 5 as that would be rather pointless given it is in the cold evenings and mornings that shelter is most needed. I hope we see more and longer trains too, the two carriage trains London Midland have been running lately mean standing room only much of the time which, at the prices, is very poor indeed.

I was disappointed to hear there will be no disabled access t the 'Worcester' though, surely there is a solution to this that doesn't involve a prohibitedly expensive lift?
Very good news and long overdue. Very poor how currently there is little or no shelter from the elements and only one ticket machine which is often faulty. I do hope the staffed ticket office, a passenger waiting room and toilets will be open more than 9 - 5 as that would be rather pointless given it is in the cold evenings and mornings that shelter is most needed. I hope we see more and longer trains too, the two carriage trains London Midland have been running lately mean standing room only much of the time which, at the prices, is very poor indeed. I was disappointed to hear there will be no disabled access t the 'Worcester' though, surely there is a solution to this that doesn't involve a prohibitedly expensive lift? Iain Leav
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