Plans for city train station ‘uninspiring’

Cotswold Journal: CRITICISM: An artist’s drawing of how Foregate Street rail station could look. CRITICISM: An artist’s drawing of how Foregate Street rail station could look.

A £785,000 revamp of Foregate Street railway station has been panned by Worcester City Council has “bland” and “uninspiring”.

The council’s planning committee said it was “a missed opportunity” and called it a “small, tokenist attempt” to bring the site into the 21st century.

As your Worcester News revealed in June, Worcestershire County Council has secured Government cash to spruce up the station.

The plan includes the replacement of the existing 1970s canopies, automatic doors to both entrances, better cycle storage facilities, new customer service screens and a lick of paint.

But a report by Alan Coleman, a senior planning officer, says the scheme is “architecturally uninspiring” and is not good enough for a key gateway into the city. Committee members agreed and have voted in favour of passing the critique onto the county council.

Worcester mayor Councillor Roger Berry said: “This station desperately needs upgrading, but this is just a small, tokenist attempt to improve it.

“It’s a very important, key part of the city and over the last few years the number of passengers has massively increased – it deserves better than this.”

Coun David Wilkinson, the council’s heritage champion, said: “These are small cosmetic improvements, but we wanted more.

“The station is not the most friendly of environments, so this is a real missed opportunity for me.”

Councillors criticised the appearance of a corrugated iron shed next to the main entrance, which will not be replaced, and lamented the planned new cladding as “average”.

Coun Derek Prodger said: “When you walk up Foregate Street the first thing you see is the bridge, it is the real feature of the station. It’s sad that it has been neglected and a travesty it won’t be upgraded.”

The money for the revamp has come from the Gover-nment and London Midland, and Worcestershire County Council ’s planning committee will be tasked with making a final decision in November or December. A consultation period lasts until Thursday.

To get involved, log onto worcestershire.gov.uk/pub licaccess or visit County Hall and ask for planning application 12/00054/REG3.

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1:57pm Sat 22 Sep 12

Samboy says...

£785,000!!!!! Money does not go very far these days does it. One could have hoped for more from a qualified Architect in this day and age. A pity, when some of the recent city building has been very good.
£785,000!!!!! Money does not go very far these days does it. One could have hoped for more from a qualified Architect in this day and age. A pity, when some of the recent city building has been very good. Samboy
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3:02pm Sat 22 Sep 12

DeBrian Thronker says...

I can't quite fathom how the listed improvements will cost £785,000. It is evident that somebody somewhere is making a lot of money by doing not very much, because by my reckoning the work they have proposed will cost £190,000. With 3 quarters of a million you could practically build a whole new train station!
I can't quite fathom how the listed improvements will cost £785,000. It is evident that somebody somewhere is making a lot of money by doing not very much, because by my reckoning the work they have proposed will cost £190,000. With 3 quarters of a million you could practically build a whole new train station! DeBrian Thronker
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3:30pm Sat 22 Sep 12

CJH says...

Paint it gold, paint it gold, oh please paint it gold... ;-)
Paint it gold, paint it gold, oh please paint it gold... ;-) CJH
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3:49pm Sat 22 Sep 12

Maggie Would says...

DeBrian Thronker wrote:
I can't quite fathom how the listed improvements will cost £785,000. It is evident that somebody somewhere is making a lot of money by doing not very much, because by my reckoning the work they have proposed will cost £190,000. With 3 quarters of a million you could practically build a whole new train station!
Are you qualified to state with certainty that you could build a whole railway station for £785k?
By my reckoning, a whole new station in a city centre position, including track and bridge renewal, traffic management, new station buildings and gold paint (to please CJH) would be in the region of £50 million.
As a benchmark for admittedly a larger station, the new station at Woolwich on the Crossrail development in London is costing £200 million.
[quote][p][bold]DeBrian Thronker[/bold] wrote: I can't quite fathom how the listed improvements will cost £785,000. It is evident that somebody somewhere is making a lot of money by doing not very much, because by my reckoning the work they have proposed will cost £190,000. With 3 quarters of a million you could practically build a whole new train station![/p][/quote]Are you qualified to state with certainty that you could build a whole railway station for £785k? By my reckoning, a whole new station in a city centre position, including track and bridge renewal, traffic management, new station buildings and gold paint (to please CJH) would be in the region of £50 million. As a benchmark for admittedly a larger station, the new station at Woolwich on the Crossrail development in London is costing £200 million. Maggie Would
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4:45pm Sat 22 Sep 12

John Herbert Smith says...

Why oh why did they let TESCO'S open in the old Post Office? It could have been part of a much enlarged station concourse; plus Good News would still be with us.

The station also needs renaming "Worcester Central".
Why oh why did they let TESCO'S open in the old Post Office? It could have been part of a much enlarged station concourse; plus Good News would still be with us. The station also needs renaming "Worcester Central". John Herbert Smith
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4:55pm Sat 22 Sep 12

CJH says...

John Herbert Smith wrote:
Why oh why did they let TESCO'S open in the old Post Office? It could have been part of a much enlarged station concourse; plus Good News would still be with us. The station also needs renaming "Worcester Central".
Why on earth does it need renaming? It's in Foregate Street. Therefore it is Foregate St Station. And why would the station need all the street level space that the old post office occupied? The track is not at street level is it?
[quote][p][bold]John Herbert Smith[/bold] wrote: Why oh why did they let TESCO'S open in the old Post Office? It could have been part of a much enlarged station concourse; plus Good News would still be with us. The station also needs renaming "Worcester Central".[/p][/quote]Why on earth does it need renaming? It's in Foregate Street. Therefore it is Foregate St Station. And why would the station need all the street level space that the old post office occupied? The track is not at street level is it? CJH
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4:56pm Sat 22 Sep 12

blueworcs says...

Why has this been said NOW and not before when the work started, did our representatives on the council not see the plans beforehand? Or were they too busy granting yet another Tesco planning application......
Why has this been said NOW and not before when the work started, did our representatives on the council not see the plans beforehand? Or were they too busy granting yet another Tesco planning application...... blueworcs
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6:16pm Sat 22 Sep 12

CJH says...

blueworcs wrote:
Why has this been said NOW and not before when the work started, did our representatives on the council not see the plans beforehand? Or were they too busy granting yet another Tesco planning application......
It hasn't been started. It still has to have final approval. Read the article.
[quote][p][bold]blueworcs[/bold] wrote: Why has this been said NOW and not before when the work started, did our representatives on the council not see the plans beforehand? Or were they too busy granting yet another Tesco planning application......[/p][/quote]It hasn't been started. It still has to have final approval. Read the article. CJH
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9:22am Sun 23 Sep 12

Andy1955 says...

If the rail service is privatized, why oh why do WE have to pay for the upgrade? Surly it should be the companies responsibility!..
If the rail service is privatized, why oh why do WE have to pay for the upgrade? Surly it should be the companies responsibility!.. Andy1955
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11:10am Sun 23 Sep 12

longpete says...

Andy1955 wrote:
If the rail service is privatized, why oh why do WE have to pay for the upgrade? Surly it should be the companies responsibility!..
Network Rail, taxpayer-owned, is responsible for the infrastructure.

And Tom Edwards, they voted to pass the critique "on to" the county council not "onto" it, from the verb "pass on".
[quote][p][bold]Andy1955[/bold] wrote: If the rail service is privatized, why oh why do WE have to pay for the upgrade? Surly it should be the companies responsibility!..[/p][/quote]Network Rail, taxpayer-owned, is responsible for the infrastructure. And Tom Edwards, they voted to pass the critique "on to" the county council not "onto" it, from the verb "pass on". longpete
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11:27am Sun 23 Sep 12

Jabbadad says...

Whatever they do will be better than at present, and I AGREE with Maggie the amount of money we are talking about is little for such a project. So it has to be a facial refurbishment not a rebuild. I have been to some railway stations where the new and old are encompassed side by side, and work really well.
Those who comment should also recall that Shrub Hill refurb cost over a £million and when you look for it, can you see the changes there?, And we still have the hideous office block there, (not owned by the railways I believe.), but the refurb was deeply influenced by conservationists. So no GONG there.
Whatever they do will be better than at present, and I AGREE with Maggie the amount of money we are talking about is little for such a project. So it has to be a facial refurbishment not a rebuild. I have been to some railway stations where the new and old are encompassed side by side, and work really well. Those who comment should also recall that Shrub Hill refurb cost over a £million and when you look for it, can you see the changes there?, And we still have the hideous office block there, (not owned by the railways I believe.), but the refurb was deeply influenced by conservationists. So no GONG there. Jabbadad
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6:34pm Sun 23 Sep 12

daned says...

There have been several comments about the cost of £785, 000. The constuction industry used to talk in thousands, now they automatically talk in millions.

If the work has not yet started why are there signs of massive works already going on?
There have been several comments about the cost of £785, 000. The constuction industry used to talk in thousands, now they automatically talk in millions. If the work has not yet started why are there signs of massive works already going on? daned
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7:00pm Sun 23 Sep 12

thesquirrel says...

Close down Foregate St and let's have a much improved Shrub Hill minus Elgar House. The city doesn't need two stations.
Close down Foregate St and let's have a much improved Shrub Hill minus Elgar House. The city doesn't need two stations. thesquirrel
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11:40pm Sun 23 Sep 12

Jabbadad says...

We need Shrub Hill, where would the taxis from there go, into town, I hope not Simon Geraghty would be looking to take away yet more disabled parking spaces.
We need Shrub Hill, where would the taxis from there go, into town, I hope not Simon Geraghty would be looking to take away yet more disabled parking spaces. Jabbadad
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8:18pm Tue 25 Sep 12

The Doosra says...

thesquirrel wrote:
Close down Foregate St and let's have a much improved Shrub Hill minus Elgar House. The city doesn't need two stations.
Utter rubbish - if one of the stations had to close it would be Shrub Hill as Foregate Street is much closer to the City Centre.
[quote][p][bold]thesquirrel[/bold] wrote: Close down Foregate St and let's have a much improved Shrub Hill minus Elgar House. The city doesn't need two stations.[/p][/quote]Utter rubbish - if one of the stations had to close it would be Shrub Hill as Foregate Street is much closer to the City Centre. The Doosra
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