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From the 1970's there has been an aspiration for a new railway station at Norton, in Worcestershire. It has taken since 2013 for the vision to develop into a scheme that has planning permission and acquired the land by Compulsory Purchase Order. It is also fully funded and accepted by Network Rail, the Train Operating Companies (Great Western Railway and CrossCountry) and the Department for Transport. The project is described as a 'third party' scheme by Network Rail, and will be delivered by Worcestershire County Council as promoters under a design and build contract.
The proposed station is approximately 3km from Junction 7 of the M5 and 7.5km southeast of Worcester city. The development site is located within a triangular site at the intersection of the North Cotswold Line (Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton - OWW), the Birmingham to Bristol Line (Birmingham and Gloucester - BAG) and the B4084 between Worcester and Pershore.
The station includes a single platform on the North Cotswold Line, two platforms on the Birmingham to Bristol Line, a fully accessible station building, public right of way footbridge, cycle storage, roundabout access into the site, 500 space car park, segregated areas for buses, taxis and drop-off/collection, flood attenuation area and landscaping.
The talk will include the development of the scheme from January 2013 in to the present date. Subjects covered will consider the rationale for a third station in Worcester, the impact of introducing a new station onto the railway network, the ecological considerations, funding, land acquisition, engineering constraints and future proofing.
Tom Delaney is a Project Manager with Worcestershire County Council, with a background in the development and delivery of public transport infrastructure.