Revealed
Station on track for major facelift

By Rob George 07/06 Updated: 11/06 11:41

Buy photos » An artist's impression of the revamp to the main Foregate Street station entrance. (s)

THESE pictures offer a first glimpse of the £500,000 facelift which is set to breathe new life into the busy Worcester Foregate Street railway station.

Worcestershire County Council unveiled the plans on Wednesday (June 6) which it hopes will create a more attractive gateway into the city for commuters.

Among the planned package of improvements is a revamp of the main entrance with a new canopy and automatic doors into the station, as well as more parking for cyclists.

Upgrades to the customer information and arrival and departure screens are also promised as are improvements to the station's travel centre, which will boast a new floor, decor and a power assisted door.

The station's subway will also undergo a makeover with a new ceiling, tiled floors and enhanced lighting during the works which are part of a 20-year council blueprint to improve transport in the city.

The work has been made possible thanks to a £14.2million windfall from the Department of Transport last November, which enabled the county council to press ahead with phase one of its Worcester Transport Strategy.

Coun John Smith, council cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: "The overall aim of the Worcester Transport Strategy Phase One is to cut congestion and open up economic barriers.

"Hopefully this will just be the beginning when it comes to making this gateway into the city more attractive for those currently travelling and for potential future users."

Worcester MP Robin Walker said: "I think it's good news we have got some investment for Foregate Street as it's important we keep working on our rail links, especially when businesses are considering coming into the city."

Commuters can view all the artist's impressions, technical drawings and details during an exhibition at the station from Monday (June 11).

A further event will be held between 11am and 3pm on June 20 at Angel Place where council officers will answer questions about the proposals.

Anyone who wishes to comment on the proposals can do so until July 6 with freepost cards available at the exhibition, online at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/wts or via e-mail at wts@worcestershire.gov.uk

Should planning permission be granted, the Foregate Street improvements are expected to take place next year.

Buy photos» An artist's impressions of the plans to revamp the approach to platform 2 at Foregate Street station. (s)

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