Kenilworth Station gets go ahead

Kenilworth Station is to be built after Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin confirmed Government funding for the project.

Construction work on the £11.3 million railway station will begin in the summer of 2015.  When built, the station will be served by a new local train service between Leamington Spa and Coventry.

The news of the successful £5 million New Stations Fund bid follows a long term campaign by Warwickshire County Council and local residents.

In July the Transport Secretary announced he was ‘minded to approve’ the bid, subject to further work being carried out by Network Rail to assess its viability.  Future work to improve the network could mean direct local electric trains running via Kenilworth to Birmingham in 2019.

The £5 million investment for Kenilworth represents the biggest single allocation since the launch of the New Stations Fund. This is part of the £38 billion being invested in the UK’s railways from 2014 to 2019, which will help modernise the railways.

Cllr Peter Butlin, portfolio holder for transport and planning at Warwickshire County Council, said: “We have worked hard over the past few years to make this project happen and the Government funding is the final piece of the financial jigsaw.

“Despite the financial pressures we face, we are committed to maximising opportunities for economic growth.  Transport infrastructure is integral to that; the new station will provide residents in the area with access to work opportunities in Coventry, Birmingham and Leamington Spa, and links to London and the wider national rail network.

“Kenilworth is one of the largest towns in the country not currently served by a train station so this is fantastic news for the area and we are understandably pleased to see that this will now come to fruition.”

The new local train service between Leamington Spa and Coventry has been developed by the county council in partnership Council in partnership with Network Rail and train operator London Midland who will also manage the new station.

The new station will include a ticket office, a 90 space car park and cycle parking.  The new station is forecast to attract 446 return passenger journeys per day, of which 58 per cent would be ‘new to rail’.

The station has been a long standing aspiration of local residents, the local business community and of the county council, Warwick District Council and Kenilworth Town Council. It has also been supported by the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Coventry City Council, Centro and the University of Warwick.