THE new and improved Kidderminster Station building will open to rail users this weekend.

Worcestershire County Council has announced that the brand new glass-fronted train station - which is double the size of the old building - will be open on Sunday, June 7.

Along with the new building, there have been a number of changes made to the forecourt on Comberton Hill in an effort to make it safer for pedestrians accessing the station.

Kidderminster Shuttle: The brand new Kidderminster Railway Station building will open to the public this weekendThe brand new Kidderminster Railway Station building will open to the public this weekend

The new forecourt lay-out is also designed to improve the drop-off, taxi and disabled parking system.

The entire redevelopment cost £5m to complete.

Councillor Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council’s cabinet member for economy and in infrastructure, said: “It’s great news that the new station building which is a huge asset to the area, will be open and ready for when the current restrictions begin to ease.

“The customer experience at the station will be vastly improved and the changes to the forecourt layout will make it much easier for pedestrians to access the building safely. I look forward to being part of a more official opening in the not too distant future.”

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The final stage of the development, which was originally due for completion last autumn, saw the station building fitted with a new indoor waiting area and toilets.

Brenda Lawrence, head of stations for West Midlands Railway, said: “The new bigger and brighter Kidderminster station is a fantastic addition to the town and will offer our customers a much-improved travelling experience.

“At the moment, with government advice on social distancing still in place and limited capacity on board our services, we are asking our customers to only use the train for essential journeys where they have no other means of transport.”