Top engineer visits Stratford Parkway

ICE visit StratfordThe country’s most senior civil engineer paid a visit to Stratford Parkway to see at first hand the progress of the £6.9 million railway station construction project.

Barry Clarke, the President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, was given a tour of the site and spoke at length to officers from Warwickshire County Council and contractors about the work.

After the visit Mr Clarke said he learned how local authorities can take a leading role in developing rail infrastructure and the need to work closely with Network Rail and rail operating companies.

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More services & better information on the way as Stratford Parkway remains on track

Stratford Parkway Artists ImpressionCompletion of the new Stratford Parkway train station remains on track, with the station due to open in May, seven months ahead of schedule.

The opening of the station will mean enhanced rail services for passengers in Stratford-upon-Avon, with weekday trains running later into the evenings and increased frequency of the existing Saturday services. From December 2013, additional weekday services are also planned, including routes to Birmingham via Solihull.

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How to build a bridge – Stratford Parkway – Video from Stratford TV

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The new Stratford Parkway railway station isn’t just being built at the Park and Ride at Bishopton – Stratford TV visited the site where the footbridges are being built to check on progress and found a project involving over 170 tonnes of steel and 4,000 man hours of work.

Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway update – Video from Stratford TV

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The construction of Stratford’s new Parkway station is well underway, but not surprisingly hampered by the rain and the snow. In this video the Project Manager updates us on progress and says that despite the elements, they are on target to finish on time.

Could you lead a Skyride in Stratford-upon-Avon?

Ride Leader imageOrganised bike rides from the new Stratford Parkway train station are on the horizon for when it opens later this year… could you be one of their official leaders?

After an unbeatable year for cycling in the UK in 2012, British Cycling is on the hunt for the next generation of Ride Leaders in Stratford-upon-Avon to help inspire more people in the area to get on their bikes and have fun.

Warwickshire County Council are supporting the ‘Skyride’ initiative as part of their work to encourage people to use more sustainable forms of transport, such as cycling, to access the new Stratford Parkway train station when it opens.

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Have your say on Stratford Train Station footbridge

Stratford town station bridge visualisationA new footbridge is planned for Stratford’s town train station to provide better access to the platforms for everyone – and a public exhibition this month will give people the chance to express their views on the best design.

Warwickshire County Council is proposing to build a new passenger bridge with lifts at the station, to make it easier for people with mobility problems, parents with buggies, passengers with luggage and anyone else that has difficulty accessing the platforms using the current footbridge which only has steps.

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After the Olympics gold rush: Cycling tops national average in Stratford district

bikeWarwickshire County Council has welcomed the latest results from Sport England’s Active People survey, which have revealed that the number of regular cyclists in Stratford-on-Avon district is above the national average.

It follows a year of success which not only saw extraordinary Olympic cycling achievements at London 2012, but also Britain’s first Tour de France winner.

The Sport England results show that 4,800 people (5% of the adult population) in Stratford district are cycling at least once a week, beating the national average of 4.5%. Read more of this post