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Report calls for improved railway facilities to boost tourism in Lichfield

Improved rail services and facilities will be crucial to the future of Lichfield’s tourism industry, according to a new report.

The draft Lichfield City Centre Development Strategy has drawn up plans to increase visitor spending by 5% by 2020, providing a £46million a year boost to the local economy.

As well as identifying ways tourism attractions can work together to improve the city’s appeal, the document highlights a need for improved gateways into the city.

Lichfield Trent Valley. Pic: Rob Newman

Lichfield Trent Valley station. Pic: Rob Newman and
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“Both [railway] stations need improvement,” the report says.

“Lichfield City is an attractive building and important arrival point, but the public areas within and outside the station need improvement.

“Similarly, Lichfield Trent Valley station has an unattractive approach, limited parking and the linking of the two lines is poor in physical and information terms.

“There also needs to be clearer information on how to access the city centre from Lichfield Trent Valley.”

As well as improving the physical attributes, the document also calls for a wider emphasis on the frequency and number of routes available.

“Rail services are good but there is scope to improve the frequency of stopping trains at Lichfield Trent Valley, particularly at weekends,” the report explains.

“Passenger services on the Burton-Lichfield line would provide an important link to Nottingham, Sheffield, Leeds, York and the North East.

“There is also an aspiration for a line from Lichfield to Walsall, but this requires renewal and reinstatement of track. This route would also provide a faster service into Birmingam and quicker connections to Wolverhampton, Telford, Shrewsbury and mid-Wales.”

The strategy will be discussed at a meeting of Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet next week.

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