Residents will be invited to comment and see artist impressions about the planned changes to Kidderminster Station at an information session at the station on Wednesday July 12, from 7am – 6.30pm.
The new station will feature a whole host of changes, including a new glass-fronted station twice the size of the existing building. Facilities will include a new café or shop, toilets and indoor seating and waiting areas.
The scheme also proposes significant improvements to nearby bus facilities and a new pedestrian crossing close to the station on Comberton Hill.
Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet member for Economy and Infrastructure, said: "We have listened to the concerns of travellers about the inadequate facilities at Kidderminster. It is the second busiest train station in the county and is a major gateway into Wyre Forest and beyond."
He added: "These proposals mean the station will better reflect our ambitions for the area as a place to live, work and visit and really improve the experience for the 1.6 million passengers now using the station each year."
Funding has been made available from growth deals in place with the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) to the value of £1.8 million and through the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership to the value of £2.5 million – a total available investment of £4.3 million.
Mike Lyons, GBSLEP Board Director said: “We are delighted that the Kidderminster Railway Station transformation plans have been unveiled.
"This is an excellent example of how neighbouring LEPs can work together successfully to support shared priorities for both their businesses and residents. Kidderminster is an important part of our economy, and this is a high priority project for GBSLEP."
He added: "The improvements outlined will go a long way to improving connectivity and supporting economic growth for the area. We look forward to working with our colleagues at Wyre Forest District Council and the Worcestershire LEP to bring the scheme forward.”
The scheme is being led by Worcestershire County Council with support from Wyre Forest District Council, SLC Rail, Network Rail, London Midland, Chiltern Railways, the Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster Railway Museum and local bus operators.