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Worcestershire stands to benefit enormously from the Midlands Rail Hub’s development of the corridor linking South Wales, Hereford, Worcester and Birmingham. If the Hub is completed in its entirety, the number of trains between Worcester and Birmingham every hour would double, with an average journey time of half an hour.
The new Worcestershire Parkway station will also better connect the county not just to the Midlands, but the rest of the country. This creates options for new direct services to Bristol and the South West, as well as connecting Worcestershire to HS2 in Birmingham. While the new parkway station and upgrades to Worcester’s other stations could enable more frequent direct trains to Oxford and London, using a new Midlands Rail Hub service and HS2 could cut the journey time by up to an hour.
An upgraded A46 Evesham bypass will make it easier to get in and out of Worcestershire by road, offering an alternative to the M5, especially during incidents and holiday periods. Case studies of farming clusters in Worcestershire and Herefordshire add weight to the argument for significant investment in the A46.
Enacting the Midlands Motorway Hub study and MRN proposals would consistently reduce journeys between Worcester and Birmingham to less than an hour. Its wider impacts could also transform growth dynamics in Worcestershire, Telford and Shropshire.
Both the Midlands Rail and Motorway Hub projects would improve access to Birmingham Airport, with the possibility of more direct services to Birmingham International and significant improvements to the M5, M6 and M42.
Midlands Connect is working with the Worcestershire 5G Consortium on the deployment of next-generation digital infrastructure. Far superior internet speeds will raise productivity, open up new business opportunities and support Worcestershire’s home-grown skills base.
Chair of Worcestershire LEP
businesses surveyed close to the A46 say they would create new jobs if the A46 was improved
more people in Worcestershire within a 1 hour commute of Birmingham under Midlands Rail Hub plans