Work to demolish Kidderminster station building to start this week
Kidderminster train station's main building is set to be demolished this week as part of major upgrade works.
Demolition of the building, which was built in 1968, will make way for the new glass-fronted building that will be double the size.
Bosses say the new building at the station will be much better equipped to deal with the nearly two million passengers that use the station every year, a number which is set to increase further.
Once the demolition is complete and the site of the new station building, work can start on the construction of the new station – starting with laying the foundations.
Councillor Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council's cabinet member for economy and infrastructure, said: "The demolition of the old station building marks another key milestone for the scheme. There will be lots of activity over the coming months with visible progress on site.
"Following the installation of the temporary ticket office and changes to the forecourt arrangements, the station building will be demolished over the course of a few weeks to make way for the much improved station building which will support the predicted increase in passenger numbers over the coming years.”
Councillor Fran Oborski, Wyre Forest District Council's deputy leader, said: "The redevelopment of the railway station is a key element of our ReWyre transformation programme for Kidderminster. The transport theme is all about creating a highly accessible town and enhancing transport connections to the wider region.
“It is great to see this vision becoming a reality. The demolition of the existing station brings us another step closer to creating an attractive station which will meet the needs of residents, visitors and workers.”
Most of the funding for the new station has come from the Local Growth Fund via Worcestershire and Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnerships. A contribution has also been made by Worcestershire County Council and Wyre Forest District Council.
Once completed, the station will be managed by West Midlands Trains.
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