Stratford Parkway agreement reached

Warwickshire County Council is pleased to announce that an official agreement has been reached with London Midland for the new Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway Station.

The county council has been supported in the negotiation of the deal with London Midland by its rail delivery consultants SLC Rail. The agreement confirms that the county council will develop and deliver the new Parkway station and that London Midland will operate the station when it opens and run new train services between both Stratford stations and Birmingham.

Following the accord, the county council will now focus on letting the construction contract for the new station while London Midland will work towards the providing new Saturday and evening train services between Stratford-upon-Avon and Birmingham in May 2013. The agreement also confirms that the train operator will work towards providing new weekday off- peak train services in December 2013.

Cllr Peter Butlin, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Transport and Highways, said: “Reaching this agreement between Warwickshire County Council and London Midland marks a major step forward in the delivery of the new Parkway station scheme.

“The key stakeholders are all working hard to deliver this project as quickly and efficiently as possible. The sooner the station opens, the sooner the town of Stratford will benefit from the new station and, importantly, the new train services it will provide.”

London Midland’s Head of Franchise Management, Nicola Moss said: “We are pleased to be involved in this exciting project. The approach to this scheme underlines the importance of partnership working in delivering projects in the rail industry.  With the help of Warwickshire County Council, Centro and Network Rail this scheme will bring huge benefits to rail passengers in Stratford.”

The county council is promoting, funding and managing construction of the new Parkway station, with grant contribution from the Department for Transport Local Sustainable Transport Fund.