TN Transport Network
Worcestershire is well served by the motorway network, with the
M5, M42 and M50 all running through the county, providing access to
London, Birmingham (and the north), Wales and the South West. The
A46 Trunk Road also runs through Worcestershire. These roads are
all managed by the Highways Agency.
There are a number of other strategically
important inter-urban highway links within the county which are
managed by the County Council, i.e. the Principal Road Network
(PRN), including the A38, A422, A449, A448, A4103, A44, A442, A456
Traffic congestion is a problem to a greater
or lesser degree on all the motorway, trunk road and PRN networks.
This problem will worsen (to a significant degree in certain
locations such as Worcester) with the planned growth in
development, unless there is significant investment in highways and
other transport infrastructure and services.
Use of the car for short journeys is high in
urban areas where greater use of alternative, more sustainable
modes such as walk, cycle, passenger transport and high occupancy
cars, would bring economic and environmental benefits through
reduced congestion and carbon emissions. This highlights the need
to integrate improvements to highway infrastructure with investment
in other modes of transport such that the network as a whole
operates more efficiently to the benefit of the Worcestershire
economy and environment.
The rail network has a vital role in providing Worcestershire
businesses and residents with the rail links to markets and
employment opportunities, particularly in Birmingham and the West
Midlands, London and the South East as well as to international
transport hubs such as Heathrow and Saint Pancras (for High Speed
Rail). The rail services also provide access to Worcestershire and
improving rail journey times and accessibility would make the
County more attractive for inward investment and encourage growth
in the leisure market.
Rail also provides for a number of key “within
Worcestershire” inter-urban demand flows, in particular along the
A449/A38 Corridor between Malvern, Worcester and
Droitwich/Kidderminster and between Worcester and Cotswold Line
Rail is particularly important in terms of
providing transport choice for journeys along key inter-urban
corridors, for longer distance regional and inter-city journeys and
for people without access to a car. As such the rail network is an
important part of the “toolkit” to address inter-urban and urban
congestion and environmental issues which in turn impact upon the
performance of the Worcestershire economy.
Enhancements to rail service frequencies,
journeys times, reliability and periods of operation are required
to increase the convenience competitiveness of this mode of
transport, particularly for journeys to/from Oxford, Reading,
London, Bristol and Cardiff and along the Malvern – Worcester
– Droitwich – Bromsgrove – Birmingham corridor. Of particular
importance is the proposed new regional "Worcestershire Parkway"
station at the intersection between the Worcester – London and
Bristol – Birmingham lines at Norton, east of Worcester, to be
served by Worcester – London services and South West/South Wales -
Bristol – Birmingham – North West/North East services.
TN.3 Local Public Transport
High quality urban public transport systems support the
performance of the regional and national transport networks and
strong economic performance. The urban and local public transport
function in Worcestershire is supplied, primarily, by the local bus
network. At present the local bus network carries approximately
17.5million passengers per annum (significantly more than rail,
albeit for shorter distance “local” rather than longer distance
regional or inter-city journeys). The local public transport
network has a vital function in providing people with access to
Worcestershire's employment, education, health, retail and leisure
facilities and services. It also has a role in providing an
alternative to the car for short distance journeys in urban areas
with consequent positive impact on congestion, the economy,
environment and accessibility.
TN.4 Walking & Cycling
An effective walking and cycling network is
essential in order to give people, both in the urban and rural
areas of Worcestershire, access to the opportunities and benefits
that contribute to the enjoyment of a better quality of life. There
is a need to take account of the potential economic impacts of
exclusion from work, health, education, retail and leisure
opportunities and services of those without access to a car in the
event of an inadequate network. It is also important to offer those
with access to a car a viable and realistic alternative for
journeys to/from/across congested parts of the network where more
efficient use of constrained capacity must be promoted to support
the economy, environment and other socio-economic objectives. The
quality of walk and cycle infrastructure, and how comprehensive the
network is, will influence the role these modes play and their
contribution to the functioning of a successful economy.
The nearest airport is Birmingham International, a 45 minute
drive from Worcester. Coventry (1 hour), East Midlands (1 hour 20
minutes), Bristol (1 hour 30 minutes), Manchester (1 hour 50
minutes), and Cardiff (1 hour 55 minutes) are all accessible in
under 2 hours while London Luton and London Heathrow are about 2
This page was last reviewed 28 October 2013 at 10:00.
The page is next due for review 26 April 2015.