A FAIRER RAILWAY FOR WORCESTER

BOB HARTWRIGHT makes the case for improved rail services for the city

Worcester is probably the UK’s only city with a population in excess of 100,000 that doesn’t enjoy main line connectivity, and its secondary status on the periphery of the primary rail network has a negative impact on the local economy. Journeys from Worcester to neighbouring towns and cities such as Birmingham, Cheltenham, Gloucester and Hereford are fragmented, the frequency and journey times fail to meet rail passengers’ aspirations and demand for rail travel is artificially suppressed.

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