Warwickshire County Council has announced that the new station in Kenilworth will now open on 10th December 2017 after an opening date of August 2017 was delayed.
This latest development comes out of discussions between Warwickshire County Council, Jeremy Wright MP for Kenilworth and Southam, the Department for Transport and Network Rail.
Jeremy Wright MP said: “The Secretary of State for Transport has said that although the station delivery is on track, the main delays to the introduction of the new service are being caused by issues around the signalling project. Whilst this is disappointing, it does give a definite opening date after a number of slipped deadlines. I have written to Network Rail to seek assurance that the December 2017 deadline is met.”
Cllr Peter Butlin, Portfolio Holder for Transport and Planning at Warwickshire County Council, said: “Whilst the station will be delivered by the County Council on time, Network Rail has been unable to meet the agreed dates to deliver the track and signalling works to enable the new train service at the station.”
Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Leader of Warwickshire County Council, has also written to Martin Frobisher, Programme Director of Network Rail, requiring an unconditional commitment on the part of Network Rail that it will do all that is necessary to ensure that the station is open and served by trains by the new deadlines.
The new station will be built on Priory Road in Kenilworth. The project is being delivered by Warwickshire County Council and is funded by the County Council, the Department for Transport and Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
It is part of a major rail enhancement scheme designed to encourage economic regeneration between Nuneaton and Leamington Spa. When built, it will be served by a new local train service between Leamington Spa and Coventry.