Work begins on Stratford Parkway

Building work has begun on the new Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway train station.

Warwickshire County Council Chairman Cllr Michael Doody officially started the construction phase when he put the first spade in the ground at the Bishopton site today (Wednesday).

Buckingham Group has been appointed as the contractor to build the station, which is set to open seven months ahead of schedule, in May 2013, to coincide with new evening and Saturday train services to Birmingham.

The first stages of the station construction include building fences and establishing utility connections, followed by work on the platforms starting next month. In the Spring a steel footbridge will be installed – during a weekend – and the station forecourt will be completed.

Cllr Peter Butlin, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Highways and Transport, said: “We are thrilled that construction is starting on site ahead of schedule and the new station we have been working hard to deliver behind the scenes will begin to become a reality for many thousands of passengers in the Stratford area.

“The new station will improve accessibility and encourage an increased use of the train for journeys that might otherwise be undertaken by road, and I look forward to welcoming the first arrival on platform one when it opens next May.”

The Parkway station is part of the Stratford-upon-Avon Local Sustainable Transport Project which is forecast to attract 114,000 new rail trips to both the new and the existing town station by 2024/2025. New weekday, Saturdays and evening trains are also being introduced to serve both Stratford stations.

A number of other improvements are being introduced as part of the project, including extended opening hours for the Park and Ride as well as other sustainable travel measures such as electric car charging points and a bike hire scheme

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