RESIDENTS can have their say on planned improvements to Stratford Railway Station and the former Cattle Market site next week.
A joint public exhibition by Warwickshire County Council, London Midland and Orbit Homes will take place at the station from 8am to 6pm on Wednesday (July 8).
Townspeople will be able to find out more about the proposed improvements as well as Orbit Homes’ development of the nearby Cattle Market site and Warwickshire County Council’s Choose How You Move campaign, which looks at ways of encouraging people to use sustainable transport.
London Midland recently secured £500,000 from the Department for Transport’s National Stations Improvement Programme (NSIP) fund to develop the station.
And with a further £250,000 from Warwickshire County Council, the cash injection will be used to provide a new café, waiting room and retail area, which are all expected to be completed by the end of 2016.
The former Cattle Market site on Alcester Road next to the station has stood derelict since the market’s closure in 2001 and the exhibition will be the first time the £40million redevelopment plans – to build 200 homes as well as independent living with care housing – will be presented to the public.
The land was bought from Redrow earlier this year, who originally bought the site in 2007 but abandoned plans following a number of applications and appeals.
Anthony Holt, Orbit’s head of development, said: “We understand this is an important site in the town and is one of the gateways to Stratford.
“We are seeking to balance local housing needs while understanding the prominent location of the site and we look forward to engaging residents and gaining their feedback on our plans.”
Commenting on the improvements to Stratford Rail Station, county council transport spokesman Peter Butlin, said: “We are committed to investing in the county’s transport infrastructure and I’m delighted we are contributing to delivering these improvements.
“The funding from NSIP coupled with our £250,000 contribution, will mean Stratford rail passengers will find their station a much better place to be and, I hope, will encourage others to choose rail travel over road use.”
Email [email protected] for further information about the public exhibition.