Reaction to Government £9 billion transport package announcement

Peter Pawsey, chairman of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, praised the rail spending, in particular the proposed new £500 million link between the Great Western Main Line and Heathrow, something which the LEP has put its support behind.

Mr Pawsey said: “There are wins to be celebrated in this Government announcement, with the Heathrow connection being particularly important.

“This green light will benefit thousands of businesses in Wales, the South West and the Thames Valley, but also in Worcestershire, as it is important to be able to easily access the country’s biggest airport.

“However, we also need to make progress on more local schemes – a go-ahead for the long suggested Worcestershire Parkway rail station at Norton and the proposed upgrade of Bromsgrove railway station would provide important connectivity for Worcestershire to London, Birmingham, Birmingham Airport and Bristol.”

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