£5m boost for Birmingham to Stratford rail travellers

A £9 million scheme to build a new rail station and increase services on the Birmingham to Stratford line has taken a major step forward after being awarded a £5 million Government grant.

The money, made available through the Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund, follows a bid by Warwickshire County Council, Centro and Network Rail to build a new Stratford Parkway Station on the outskirts of the historic town.

As part of the project, Centro, which is the transport authority for the West Midlands, has agreed to help fund extra train services between Stratford and Birmingham, an important route for thousands of Warwickshire people working in the Birmingham area as well as for day trippers and shoppers.

The county council is now working to secure the remaining £4 million funding for the Stratford-upon-Avon Local Sustainable Transport Project which would see a new multi-million pound station built next to the town’s existing Park and Ride.

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