Kidderminster station’s new glass-fronted station building has opened to passengers, even though not many will be taking advantage of it yet as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions continue.
The new station building, which is double the size of the old one, opened on Sunday 7 June 2020. A number of improvements have also been made to the forecourt area, to make it safer for pedestrians to access the station and to improve the drop-off, taxi and disabled parking arrangements.
The improvement works have been mainly funded by Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership via the Local Growth Fund, with contributions from Wyre Forest District Council and Worcestershire County Council.
Worcestershire County Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for economy and infrastructure, Ken Pollock, said: “It’s great news that the new station building, which is a huge asset to the area, will be open and ready for when the current restrictions begin to ease.
“The customer experience at the station will be vastly improved and the changes to the forecourt layout will make it much easier for pedestrians to access the building safely.
“I look forward to being part of a more official opening in the not too distant future.”
Brenda Lawrence, head of stations for West Midlands Railway, added: “The new bigger and brighter Kidderminster station is a fantastic addition to the town and will offer our customers a much-improved travelling experience.
“At the moment, with government advice on social distancing still in place and limited capacity on board our services, we are asking our customers to only use the train for essential journeys where they have no other means of transport.”
The County Council has confirmed that there will be an official opening later in the year when the COVID-19 restrictions have eased.