Car park expansion still on track despite concerns

By Nigel Slater Thursday 24 January 2013 Updated: 31/01 15:07

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Network Rail insist work to expand Pershore Train Station’s car park will begin as soon as possible. 0610019.LFRC.

NETWORK Rail has said they are hopeful work to expand Pershore Train Station's car park will begin shortly after councillors expressed concern about the project's future.

No building work has started at the Station Road site despite planning permision being granted and funding put in place.

Back in December 2011 it was announced First Great Western had been awarded funding from Network Rail for a new car park at both Pershore and Charlbury stations.

Plans were then drawn up and approved by the town council and Wychavon for up to 64 car parking spaces at the Pershore site but the lack of progress has left councillors worried.

Pershore Town Council are now set to write to Network Rail, First Great Western and the area's MPs asking why the work is not underway.

Coun Julian Palfrey said he was 'seriously concerned' about the lack of activity on the site at a town council meeting held on Thursday (January 17).

Speaking after the meeting, Coun Palfrey said: "The whole thing has been dragging on for about the last eight years now.

"It seems negotiations are continuing when we all thought we had an agreed approved scheme. But still no work has been done.

"What we are all desperately concerned about is that we don't lose the project completely."

Mr Palfrey added the size of the current car park meant motorists were parking on Walcot Lane blocking driveways or even parking on Station Road which clogged it up at peak times.

But a spokesman for Network Rail said work could begin once final negotiations had taken place with the landowner.

"Network Rail and First Great Western are still in discussions with a local landowner about the options for extending the car park at Pershore Railway Station," the spokesman said.

"We are hopeful of reaching a solution very shortly and plan to expand the car park as soon as possible to accommodate future growth at the station."

A spokesman for First Great Western added: "First Great Western and Network Rail recognise the importance of suitable car parking space at Pershore Station.

"We will continue to work to create a scheme that will enable industry funding to be used and will satisfy customer demand both now and in the future."

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