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Kidderminster Station Replacement

Snapshot

Scheme: Redevelopment of Kidderminster Station and surrounding area, including replacing a small, 1960s station building with substantially improved facilities, redesigned forecourt and highways works.

Client: Worcestershire County Council
Working Partners: Wyre Forest District Council, Network Rail, London Midland, Chiltern Railways, the Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster Railway Museum, local bus operators.
Scheme Cost: £4
SLC team
: Ian Baxter, Rachel Jarrett, Abdul Khan.

Background

Kidderminster Station is the second busiest in Worcestershire, serving 1.6 million people each year. It has frequent services to Birmingham and to Worcester, as well as direct trains to London.

Passenger numbers have doubled over the last 10 years and substantial further growth is predicted for the next five years. Worcestershire County Council recognised that the current station building and its limited facilities were already a source of dissatisfaction for passengers.

Developing the scheme and securing funding

In 2015 the Council revisited an earlier proposal to redevelop the station area and provide a transport interchange. However they were unable to agree on a single option that would be supported by all the necessary stakeholders. In 2016 they asked SLC Rail to review the scheme and address the concerns of the station operator and other parties.

After considering the proposed scheme and the concerns of the rail industry stakeholders, the team from SLC Rail proposed a rescoped scheme and oversaw the development and approval of a new business case and revised designs. On this basis, they have been able to convince all key stakeholders that the scheme is viable and would be wholly beneficial for the rail industry and their passengers.

With the scheme now backed by the rail industry and key stakeholders, the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership committed to providing a total of £4.3 million of funding for the scheme.

In July 2017 a public information event was held presenting the proposed designs to the public and local businesses.

Delivering the scheme

SLC Rail are Rail Advisors to Worcestershire County Council and are project managing the scheme on their behalf.

Detailed designs are currently being developed. Tenders will be invited shortly, with a view to completing the project by summer 2019.

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