A MAJOR plan to boost the number of parking spaces at a new-look Pershore train station has won the backing of the town’s MP Harriett Baldwin.
The expansion will see a new car park built, offering an extra 200 spaces, on land adjacent to the station which is owned by Wychavon District Council.
The council hopes the expansion will help make the case for more services and further investment to the line in Pershore.
A footbridge will also be built as part of the plans, as well as disabled parking bays being retained at the current car park.
And the new station layout will include preparations for the doubling of the line towards Worcester.
Pershore’s MP Harriett Baldwin met with the leader of Wychavon District Council, Coun Linda Robinson, on Friday (April 15) to find out about the plans which she offered her support to as the council develops a business case for the expansion.
Mrs Baldwin said: “I have held a long-standing ambition to see a greatly enhanced station at Pershore and have been working both with the local authorities and rail operating companies to develop a plan.
“I am delighted that Wychavon District Council has agreed to allocate its land across from the station to create a much larger car park which will attract many more rail users.
“Pershore is growing and we must make more – not less – use of this important station and this can only be done by adding car park capacity.
“Other stations along the Cotswold Line to London have benefited from improved parking capacity and it is high-time that we did the same in Pershore.”
Coun Linda Robinson, leader of Wychavon District Council, said: “The council is very excited about the opportunity to work with partners to develop improved parking facilities at Pershore station.”