Stratford Parkway celebrates its 10th birthday - The Stratford Observer

Stratford Parkway celebrates its 10th birthday

Stratford Editorial 24th May, 2023   0

STRATFORD Parkway has turned 10.

The transportation hub, providing access to the town for commuters and tourists alike, is marking a decade since it opened.

The railway station, designed and built by Warwickshire County Council, opened its doors seven months ahead of schedule on May 19, 2013.

The project was successfully delivered under budget and formed part of the Stratford Sustainable Transport Project.




The station, with its over 700-space park and ride scheme, offers easy access to the A46 and has played a vital role in reducing traffic congestion on the roads, increasing parking capacity in Stratford town centre and improving air quality, while promoting sustainable transport in the region.

The project was completed thanks, in part, to the support of SLC Rail in securing funding, tendering for contractors, and project management. This milestone serves as a reminder of the achievement that has enabled over 700,000 passengers to use the railway station over the last decade, in spite of the challenges presented by the pandemic.


West Midlands Trains now manage the station and provide train services to Kidderminster, Birmingham Snow Hill and Stratford. Chiltern Railways also operates services at the station to Leamington.

WCC transport spokesperson Coun Jan Matecki said:  “Stratford Parkway Station is a shining example of our commitment to sustainable transport and ensuring that residents and visitors are supported through excellent transport infrastructure. We look forward to working with our partners to continue to enhance the station’s services and facilities for the benefit of the community.”

Jonny Wiseman, from West Midlands Railway, added: “Since opening a decade ago we have seen consistent growth in passengers using Stratford Parkway Station which is testament to the convenience of the facility both for people travelling towards Birmingham and into Stratford itself.

“In the past year we have seen passengers returning in healthy numbers following the pandemic and I am confident this trend will continue as the popularity of rail travel continues to endure.”

For more information on Stratford Parkway station visit https://www.westmidlandsrailway.co.uk/stations/stratford-upon-avon-parkway

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