Plans for the new Kenilworth rail station have moved forward with Warwickshire County Council taking possession of the site after it was vacated by the previous occupants, Buildbase.
The county council agreed a lease with the occupants to enable them to stay on the site for an extended period. That has now come to an end with Buildbase taking up new premises on Warwick Road.
Warwickshire County Council formally took over possession on Tuesday. The area is now being secured ahead of demolition works to clear the site in preparation for construction work on the new rail station later this year. When built, the station will be served by a new local train service between Leamington Spa and Coventry.
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 hoardings which are securing the site are due to show visuals of the station as chosen by the public as part of the Public Exhibition last year.
Cllr Peter Butlin, portfolio holder for transport and planning said: “Warwickshire County Council is 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.”
Cllr John Whitehouse, local ward councillor for Kenilworth Abbey, said: “Kenilworth is one of the largest towns in the country not currently served by a train station and that has been something that we have worked long and hard to put right. I am excited that things are now progressing and look forward to seeing the work come to fruition.”