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Contractor chosen for new railway station in Worcestershire

Contractor chosen for new railway station in Worcestershire

The Worcestershire Parkway Regional Interchange Station project has taken another step forward with the confirmation of a contractor to deliver the construction project.

Worcestershire County Council has appointed Buckingham Group Contracting to develop the site as part of a design and build deal, which will be central to the county council's plans to boost the transport infrastructure and connectivity of Worcestershire.

Buckingham Group will work with SLC Rail on the site, which will be located at Norton. The station will interchange with bus, road and cycle routes. Planning permission for the project was granted by the Department for Transport last month.

Norton lies on the edge of Worcester and is the location of a major railway junction, making it an ideal pace for an interchange station. The area already has two railway stations, both in Worcester city centre.

Commenting on the deal, Worcestershire County Council’s cabinet member for economy, skills and infrastructure Ken Pollock said: "Worcestershire Parkway is a major player in the county’s future economic prosperity, which is why we need a specialist contractor we can trust to deliver the scheme to time and budget. Buckingham Group’s reputation and experience in the rail sector is evident and we are delighted to have them on board."

He added that the plan to create a "world-class Worcestershire" by 2025 will depend heavily on infrastructure projects in the county, with the station being one of three key projects, alongside the building of the Worcester Six business park and dualling work on the Worcester Southern Link Road.

Buckingham Group has a substantial track record on delivering new railway stations. It was involved in the building of the Oxford Parkway Station that was completed in 2015, opening up what was hailed as the first new rail link between London and another major UK city in a century.

As well as the Oxford Parkway station and? 12 miles of new track, the project involved rebuilding the old stations at Islip and Bicester Village.

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