West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin has today offered her support to efforts to add extra train services at the popular Worcestershire Parkway train station.
The station was opened to customers in 2019 and despite a reduced demand during the pandemic, the new facility is operating well ahead of projections.
Harriett met with representatives from Network Rail and the train operating companies to hear plans to add extra services stopping at the station.
The MP has previously met with senior management at Cross Country trains to urge the company to use the station more and she offered her backing to negotiations to make more use of the county station.
“Worcestershire Parkway has been a great success story with high passenger numbers and strong projections for future growth.
“The new timetable is promising faster trains to London, with the removal of the Slough stop, and I am pleased to see the rail industry becoming more supportive of local rail users travelling to and from the South East.
“When the station was first discussed, I met with Cross Country to urge them to plan for extra services stopping there beyond the current service between Nottingham and Cardiff.
“I am hoping that the Cross Country service between Manchester and Bristol will at Worcestershire Parkway as originally proposed before the pandemic, and I have offered my support as these negotiations take place.
“With its central location and extensive parking, I am confident that it will play a much larger role helping people to come to Worcestershire and allowing more people to access the whole of the country by train.”
Photo: Harriett Baldwin MP discusses the North Cotswold Line and Worcestershire Parkway station with (l-r) GWR’s Matt Cambourne, Cross Country Train’s Richard Gibson and Cotswold Line Promotion Group chairman John Ellis.