After a wait of over two years, Bromsgrove's new railway station, a £17.4 million joint project between Network Rail, Centro and Worcestershire County County, is finally open with the first train time-tabled at 06:20.
Originally built as a Midland Railway two-platform station in 1840, at the foot of the steep two-mile 1 in 37.7 Lickey Incline, the new station now features four platforms connected by a covered footbridge and lifts providing unrestricted access for all.
The new Bromsgrove station upgrade, which began in March 2014, also boasts a modern station building which includes toilets, ticket desk and a retail facility.
In 1838 when the plans for the original station were proposed, local business owners objected strongly to its building on the grounds that the noise and smoke would scare away customers and deter them from coming to the town centre.
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