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New strategy to get rail services back on track

A NEW draft strategy to transform rail services in Worcestershire has been unveiled and rail users and residents are invited to have their say.

Worcestershire County Council has launched a consultation on the document which aims to deliver rail improvements across the county and beyond.

The strategy highlights how rail has a key role to play in connecting people and places and will support the exciting plans for leveling, regeneration and growth that already exist.

Councilor Marc Bayliss, cabinet member responsible for economic infrastructure and skills at Worcestershire County Council, said: “Rail is essential for Worcestershire.

“The new strategy will build on the county’s first rail strategy which delivered a fantastic new interchange at Worcestershire Parkway and a new station building at Kidderminster.

“The strategy highlights the county’s rail ambitions to advance rail improvements, recognizing the role rail plays in connecting people, communities and businesses.”

Rail passenger numbers in Worcestershire are rising rapidly and are almost back to pre-Covid levels.

This rail strategy sets out the county’s medium and long-term proposals for sustaining and growing this passenger demand in the future.

The document looks to the future, setting delivery deadlines until 2050.

The council wants to bring together the views of a wide range of organisations, businesses and individuals on the draft Worcestershire Rail Investment Strategy 2 (WRIS2).

The consultation is open until 5 p.m. on October 21.

Visit worcestershire.gov.uk/wris to learn more about the draft strategy and to provide your feedback.