The design of the brand new Kenilworth Rail Station, which will start to be constructed next year, has been revealed by Warwickshire County Council after members of the public voted for their favourite option.
Design option A – a traditional design based on how the original Kenilworth Rail Station would have looked – proved overwhelmingly to be the favourite, with over 71% picking it as their preferred option. Design option C received just over 21% of the vote and design option B just over 7%.
Approaching 600 people turned up to a public exhibition last month to find out more about plans for Kenilworth’s new station and have their say on the design. Residents were also asked to make their feelings known via the website and by post.
Over 300 people chose to give their feedback at the public exhibition, with almost 150 giving their opinion online and nearly 100 getting in touch by post.
Support for the new station, which will be built on Priory Road, is very strong with 94% saying they are in favour of it being built.
Residents were asked to give their general feedback on the station plans and did so on subjects such as time-tabling, car parking, bus services to the station and pricing.
All comments and suggestions are being considered and where possible, will be incorporated into the new station design.
More than 58% of people said they’d chosen design option A for the station because it was traditional and in keeping with Kenilworth. Just over 11% thought that it would ‘age better’ and just over 30% said they simply liked the design.
Councillor Peter Butlin, Portfolio Holder for Transport & Planning at Warwickshire County Council, said: “It’s great to be able to announce the design of the new station, knowing that it won the public vote so convincingly. We want to ensure that Warwickshire’s communities are supported by excellent transport infrastructure.
“For many years there has been the enthusiasm for a new station in Kenilworth and the benefits it will bring to the town. I’m looking forward to the start of construction next year and, working with our partners, making the station and the new rail services a reality.”
Councillor John Whitehouse, Warwickshire County Councillor for Kenilworth Abbey said: “I agree with the public’s choice of design option A, which reflects the character of the town and will very much suit the location of the new station. It’s not too long to wait now, to see our long-held dreams start turning into reality!”
Councillor Richard Chattaway, Chair of Warwickshire County Councillor’s Communities Overview & Scrutiny Committee, said: “I look forward to seeing the rail station completed for the benefit of the residents of Kenilworth.”
Construction work on the new rail station, which will be located on the site of the former station, will begin next year and, when built, it will be served by the new local train service between Leamington Spa and Coventry.