Worcestershire County Council has issued Compulsory Purchase Order proceedings to obtain land for the proposed £22 million Worcestershire Parkway station.
Some £7.5m of the cost is set to come from the Government’s Local Growth Fund via the Local Enterprise Partnership, but the council needs to raise the balance through borrowings. According to local media reports, it is unable to reach agreement with a local landowner and developer.
The CPO papers say that in its submission, the council argues that the only realistic means of delivering the station is to take over the land, and that there is "“no evidence to demonstrate a viable and deliverable alternative”.
While the CPO could go to the High Court and even to Appeal, WCC hopes the station will open next year. “The programme for the design and construction of Worcestershire Parkway takes into account the assumed timescales for completion of the CPO process,” it said.
When it granted itself planning permission last August, the council said construction would start this spring with the opening in autumn 2017. The council will repay the borrowing through car park and station access charges levied on the train operators (RAIL 749, 783). The new facility will be located at Norton, with two platforms on the Birmingham-Bristol line and one on the Oxford-Worcester line.