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Rail services 'set for upgrade'

Bromsgrove station
Many trains currently pass through Bromsgrove

Multi-million pound plans for a new railway station and faster and more frequent train services in north Worcestershire are set to be approved.

Under the proposals, expected to be approved by the rail regulator, the line between Barnt Green and Bromsgrove would be electrified by 2012.

The aim is to cope with more commuters as thousands of new homes are planned and also to better serve Longbridge.

Bromsgrove could also get a new station under the plans.

The plan are expected to get the green light on Friday when the Office of the Rail Regulator approves Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan.

It was submitted last year and the electrification project is one of several schemes contained in the document.

The last big electrification in the West Midlands was in the 1960s, and it is more than 15 years since Birmingham Cross City Line was electrified.

'Way forward'

Under the plans, services to Redditch will increase from two to three trains an hour, while Bromsgrove's service will jump from one to four trains an hour.

Workers on train power lines
The last big rail electrification was in the 1960s

Councillor Derek Prodger, of Worcestershire County Council, said the plan was the "way forward" for Bromsgrove.

"There's a need to make sure we get the right sort of service running through here and electrification would be very beneficial," he said.

"It's good for the station and I think people who visit the station would like to see it improved."

The scheme will also provide better access to the Longbridge development, which was unveiled last month.

Under a 750m regeneration plan for the old MG Rover factory, in Birmingham, 2,000 homes are planned and it is hoped 10,000 new jobs will be created over the next 15 years.

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