Worcestershire County Council is pleased to announce that Bromsgrove's new multi-million pound railway station will soon become a reality as work kicked off following a special sod-cutting ceremony at the site on Thursday, March 13.

Following significant progress with the development of the new Bromsgrove railway station over recent months Cllr Simon Geraghty, County Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economy, Skills and Infrastructure, said: "Improving transport links in our county is a key priority to secure future economic growth and the substantial investment in this important improvement project for the new Bromsgrove Rail Station is a reflection of our commitment to ensure the area is very much 'Open for Business'.

"This is an important milestone for the project and I'm looking forward to seeing this exciting project become a reality."

Gavin Armstrong, Director Route Asset Management, Network Rail said: “With more people and freight travelling by rail than ever before, investment in our transport infrastructure is essential if we are to meet that ever increasing demand. We are delighted to be delivering the new station here in Bromsgrove which will prove a real asset to the town for years to come.”

Councillor Roger Horton, Centro Lead Member for Rail said: “I am delighted that work is getting underway, this is an exciting development for Bromsgrove which will bring great benefits to the town.

“The new station, together with connection to the Cross City line and electrification will mean better and more frequent services for passengers.”

Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet approved plans for a new £17.4million rail station in Bromsgrove at a Cabinet meeting held on Thursday, December 12.

The total project cost is estimated at £17.4m, made up of £1.9m development costs (of which £0.8m has already been spent) and £15.5m. The scheme will be delivered in partnership with the County Council funding £5.5m of the capital costs.