First Great Western welcomes £9.5m Growth Fund allocation for Didcot Parkway car park upgrade

Monday 07th July 2014
Train operator First Great Western has welcomed the allocation of £9.5 million towards a new multi-storey car park and covered walkway at Didcot Parkway station, as part of funding from the Government’s Local Growth Fund.

The funding will help realise the first stages of a 10-year masterplan for improvements to the station that has been drawn up between First Great Western, OxLEP, Oxfordshire County Council and South Oxfordshire District Council. The plan details the expansion and improvement of the station, as a key gateway to Science Vale and Enterprise Zone, to better meet the needs of passengers and the communities it serves. 

First Great Western Managing Director, Mark Hopwood said: “ We have been working with the local authorities and LEP for some time to draw together our ten-year vision for the station, and today’s announcement is a key stage in the realisation of that vision. 

“The Great Western rail network is seeing more than £7.5 billion of investment over the coming years, and it is great to see local communities seizing this as an opportunity to help harness further funding that will directly benefit the local economy. 

“FGW has recently delivered a 710-space multi-storey car park at Bristol Parkway on time and on budget for the Department for Transport. We look forward to working with our partners to secure the balance of funding needed and finalise arrangements for the creation of a similar facility at Didcot.”