Planning permission has been granted that has given full backing for the start work on the site of a new rail station for Kenilworth.
This week, members of Warwickshire’s Regulatory Committee agreed that proposals for the station with regard to access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale were acceptable, giving the go-ahead for work to begin.
It follows Warwickshire County Council taking possession of the site of the new station at Priory Road last week.
Outline planning permission for the scheme, to include two platforms, a footbridge with lift access to both platforms, a station building, car park and bus stand/drop off area was approved back in May 2014.
The Priory Road site was originally used as a railway station from 1844 to 1965. However, the station was closed to both goods and passenger traffic in 1965. The original station building was demolished a number of years after the station closed.
The site had been used as a builder’s merchants yard up until the county council took possession of the site last week. Buildbase will now do business from new premises on Warwick Road.
The proposed new station design, which includes a main station building and footbridge, has been designed in a ‘heritage’ style, incorporating design elements from the original station, following a public vote that overwhelmingly opted for that style.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded a £5 million grant to Warwickshire County Council to build the new station, as part of the council’s work to improve transport infrastructure in the county. It is part of a major rail enhancement scheme designed to encourage economic regeneration between Nuneaton and Leamington Spa.
Warwickshire County Council has a strong record of rail investment, with other current projects including the building of a new station at Bermuda Park in Nuneaton. Other recent projects include the opening of the £6.9 million Stratford Parkway Rail Station in 2013.
Cllr Peter Butlin, Portfolio Holder for Transport & Planning at Warwickshire County Council, said: “I’m delighted that Regulatory Committee has agreed this application, which gives us the green light to proceed with demolition and construction works on the site.
“The rail service we are proposing for Kenilworth will have wide-reaching and varied benefits, with the new station meaning that passengers will be able to access a wide number of destinations with just one train change at Coventry or Leamington.”
Councillor John Whitehouse, Warwickshire County Councillor for Kenilworth Abbey said: “The new station at Kenilworth will not just be a rail station; it will also be a new community facility for the town, with good links to other transport services and on-site facilities. We hope it will be a town centre ‘destination’ station, encouraging tourists and retail customers into Kenilworth.”
Councillor Richard Chattaway, Chair of Warwickshire County Councillor’s Communities Overview & Scrutiny Committee, said: “The building of Kenilworth Rail Station forms part of wider rail improvements in Warwickshire, including in Nuneaton and Bedworth, which will improve access to jobs and businesses and open up retail and leisure opportunities for people. I look forward to seeing the rail station completed for the benefit of the residents of Kenilworth.”