23rd Oct, 2020

Revised rail service plans are discussed

Rob George 23rd Sep, 2019

A REVISED timetable which will see more services for commuters in Evesham was on the menu when town MP Nigel Huddleston and Wychavon District Council chiefs met with Great Western Railway (GWR) and Network Rail bosses at Westminster.

The Mid Worcestershire MP was joined by council leader Coun Bradley Thomas and deputy leader Coun Richard Morris for the talks which focused on improvements to rail services in Worcestershire.

New train timetables are about to be brought in which will include a minimum hourly train services between London and Worcestershire via the Cotswolds with more services during peak times.

Improvements in speed and frequency of services on the GWR network will coincide with the opening of the Worcestershire Parkway station towards the end of this year.

GWR chiefs assured the group that they had a long term vision for services to and within Worcestershire, recognising it as one of the fastest growing counties in the country.

Multi million pound improvements to parking at Honeybourne and Pershore stations are being planned and local stations have also had extensions to their platforms enabling longer trains in recent months.

“I was pleased to meet with GWR and Network Rail and discuss planned improvements to services for Worcestershire,” Mr Huddleston said.

“I know how important it is for my constituents transport links are efficient and reliable and so I am encouraged to see progress in a number of areas including frequency of trains and parking provision at stations.

“Together with the opening of the Worcestershire Parkway station later this year this will mean a step change in rail transport provision for my constituents,” he added.

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