Wyre Forest District Council has welcomed the Government’s provisional allocation of £1.8m to Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership as part of the Local Growth Deal Expansion Fund.
The funding (announced on Thursday 29 January) is for the period 2016-21 and goes towards the redevelopment of Kidderminster Railway Station. It will help improve the transport links, making them more sustainable and providing better connectivity to and from Worcester and Birmingham. The station is already one of the most used in the West Midlands and these improvements will make it even easier for more people to use the station, benefiting our residents, businesses and visitors.
The funding for the project is in addition to the £2.5 million which was allocated to the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership in July 2014.
Councillor John Campion, Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Regeneration, said:
“This announcement of additional funding by the government reiterates the importance of this project. Since the inception of the ReWyre initiative, connecting our district to key networks and towns and cities has always been one of our top priorities. The station is an important gateway to the town and we will continue to work with partners to ensure that the redevelopment goes ahead as soon as possible. We welcome this funding to help us create another positive development for the district.”
Councillor Jamie Shaw, Member Champion For Connectivity, said:
“This is another really positive step forward in making Wyre Forest more connected. This will help us create a district which is more attractive to invest in and also bring about an environment where people want to visit and live.”