Plans offer public a vision for the future of Wyre Forest

Kidderminster Shuttle: ALL ABOARD: Kidderminster Train Station is in line for improvement. ALL ABOARD: Kidderminster Train Station is in line for improvement.

ReWyre – A Vision for the future In this final feature in the ReWyre series, we look to the future and what is in the pipeline for Kidderminster over the next seven years.

Eastern Gateway and Worcester Street Proposals The Eastern Gateway area covers the current leisure centre, old law courts and Worcester Street. Proposals to redevelop this area include the leisure centre relocating to a new facility on the former British Sugar Site and a mixed use development taking its place. This could include shops, offices and new homes.

Kidderminster Railway Station Kidderminster has the second busiest railway station in Worcestershire with about 1.3 million passengers passing through its doors each year. This highlights the importance of Kidderminster Railway Station as a strategic rail hub and the need for regeneration in the area.

The aim of the Kidderminster Interchange project is to provide a brand new transport hub for the town. This includes a new station building and enhanced passenger facilities, a new layout for the station forecourt with improved facilities for pedestrians, buses, cars and taxis, and improvements to the station’s access from Comberton Hill.

ReWyre regeneration proposals aim to create a high quality "gateway" to Kidderminster, to improve the arrival experience for everyone including business visitors and tourists. Plans also include enhanced links to one of the district’s major tourist attractions the Severn Valley Railway, which attracts more than 250,000 visitors each year. The proposals would have a positive impact on Kidderminster by reducing conflict between road users and improving accessibility to the town centre. Planning permission is in place and funding streams are being explored.

West Midland Safari Park West Midland Safari and Leisure Park (WMSLP) is one of the largest tourist attractions within the district, attracting about 750,000 visitors each year. A key aspiration of WMSLP is to improve and enhance the existing park and to upgrade the three star attraction to a four star resort by creating a major new conference facility, indoor water park and hotel. WMSLP would also like to create a new station on the Severn Valley Railway. This would provide a direct link by monorail to the national rail network.

Going forward Conservative councillor John Campion, cabinet member for planning and economic regeneration, said: “The economic and regeneration team at Wyre Forest District Council works alongside partners to deliver on the projects aspired to through the ReWyre initiative.

"We are looking forward to our conference in October which will highlight past, present and future. We will be focusing on objectives for the next seven years by identifying a range of projects for the ReWyre board to act upon. “ To see the 2009 ReWyre prospectus, visit wyreforestdc.gov.uk. Engage in the ReWyre initiative, visit Twitter @NorthWorcsEDR #ReWyre.

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1:56pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Wagtail59 says...

Does the 'vision' still involve cuts to bus services?
Do the 'partners' really understand what is meant by an 'integrated' transport system?
Against the background of continued 'austerity' does anyone know what money is, might, or will be available for any wishlist projects?

More bus services that connect to Kidderminster station would be a help. The X3 service isn't great.

Before spending millions on infrastructure like 'gateways' I suggest a thorough appraisal of the basic services required.
Does the 'vision' still involve cuts to bus services? Do the 'partners' really understand what is meant by an 'integrated' transport system? Against the background of continued 'austerity' does anyone know what money is, might, or will be available for any wishlist projects? More bus services that connect to Kidderminster station would be a help. The X3 service isn't great. Before spending millions on infrastructure like 'gateways' I suggest a thorough appraisal of the basic services required. Wagtail59
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12:07am Sat 28 Jun 14

davsee says...

Why waste money on a new station? You go to a station, buy a ticket then get on the train. The existing building is perfectly adequate for that. If there is money to be spent then spend it where it's needed and a new station is well down on the 'needed' scale.
Why waste money on a new station? You go to a station, buy a ticket then get on the train. The existing building is perfectly adequate for that. If there is money to be spent then spend it where it's needed and a new station is well down on the 'needed' scale. davsee
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7:50pm Sat 28 Jun 14

grouchy old git says...

Will the ticket office of this 'New Station' be open during full operating hours?
Will there be a decent train service to Birmingham and Worcester?
Can't see that happening whilst London Midland have the Franchise.
Will the ticket office of this 'New Station' be open during full operating hours? Will there be a decent train service to Birmingham and Worcester? Can't see that happening whilst London Midland have the Franchise. grouchy old git
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9:07am Tue 1 Jul 14

BewdleyBugle says...

I think it's important to remember that, for much of this kind of regeneration, the council is only an enabler (primarily via planning controls) and provides some democratic leadership to the process. The money will have to come from other sources (rail, property developers, Safari Park, etc.) because the council is skint. It's not a case of 'regeneration or bus services'.

The station does need sorting - it's anarchy at times, with many drivers ignoring no entry signs, illegally parking in disabled spaces (can't your children wait for their train on the platform?) and generally blocking the approach. It's dangerous.

The wider issue of the 'Eastern Gateway' is a much more difficult nut to crack. The planned extension to Weaver's Wharf risks dragging the town's retail centre further away from the station (but does anyone actually travel by train to shop in Kiddy?) and Worcester Street is almost completely deserted now.

The ReWyre strategy was written in 2009 - a long time ago in some senses. For example, UK online spending was £39bn in 2009; last year it was £91bn. That dramatically changes what we need from town centres, and probably means that the retail part of Kiddy should be allowed to shrink. But what takes the place of all the empty shops? The strategy needs a rethink in the light of current economic realities.

Final point - reading the phrase "Going forward" makes me want to gouge my eyes out with a fork. A meaningless, redundant nothingness of a phrase. WFDC please take note ;-)
I think it's important to remember that, for much of this kind of regeneration, the council is only an enabler (primarily via planning controls) and provides some democratic leadership to the process. The money will have to come from other sources (rail, property developers, Safari Park, etc.) because the council is skint. It's not a case of 'regeneration or bus services'. The station does need sorting - it's anarchy at times, with many drivers ignoring no entry signs, illegally parking in disabled spaces (can't your children wait for their train on the platform?) and generally blocking the approach. It's dangerous. The wider issue of the 'Eastern Gateway' is a much more difficult nut to crack. The planned extension to Weaver's Wharf risks dragging the town's retail centre further away from the station (but does anyone actually travel by train to shop in Kiddy?) and Worcester Street is almost completely deserted now. The ReWyre strategy was written in 2009 - a long time ago in some senses. For example, UK online spending was £39bn in 2009; last year it was £91bn. That dramatically changes what we need from town centres, and probably means that the retail part of Kiddy should be allowed to shrink. But what takes the place of all the empty shops? The strategy needs a rethink in the light of current economic realities. Final point - reading the phrase "Going forward" makes me want to gouge my eyes out with a fork. A meaningless, redundant nothingness of a phrase. WFDC please take note ;-) BewdleyBugle
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