£2 million investment in Pershore Railway Station

Wychavon has agreed to invest £2 million to help boost the number of people using Pershore Railway Station.

Members of the Executive Board have agreed to put £500,000 towards the building of a new £1.5 million 'flow footbridge' linking the station to council owned land at Dawes Way in Pinvin.

Flow crossings are a recent innovation from Network Rail that reflect their modern flowing design. They are made from Fibre-Reinforced Polymer, so are lighter and cheaper than steel bridges. It is hoped the bridge could be completed during summer 2023 once funding from other partners has been found to carry out the work.

Wychavon has also agreed to invest another £1.5million into developing a car park with more than 300 spaces at Dawes Way once the bridge is finished. This would either be leased to the train operator – currently Great Western Railway – to deliver a return for Council Taxpayers or run by Wychavon.

Improving parking provision at Pershore Railway Station is one of the promises in Wychavon's corporate strategy. A lack of parking is one of the major deterrents to people using Pershore Railway Station to travel by train.

Improving parking and walking and cycling links to the station is also crucial to support the development of 2,000 new homes at Throckmorton. It also supports Wychavon's ambition to encourage people to travel more sustainably.

Cllr Martin King, Executive Board Member for Resources and Investment on Wychavon District Council, said: "This has been a long time coming and it is a welcome step towards the completion of a lengthy project that without our support may otherwise disappear into thin air. This is an investment Pershore and the surrounding area desperately needs. It will support rail travel in the area and it is another example of Wychavon delivering on our commitments."
Get set for Queen’s Baton Relay
Chance to win £50 with Wychavon’s active travel s...