The hoardings outside the site now feature all the designs created by schoolchildren from nine Kenilworth schools which show what it will mean to them, and to Kenilworth, to have a station return to the town.
The scheme, involving local school children began when the team from the Kenilworth Station Project engaged with all the schools in the town to offer talks on the new station and what it will bring to the town.
Officers visited the schools over a four month period from November to February. It was explained to the children about how the station will make travelling to and from Kenilworth more accessible, how the journey times to common destinations will be much quicker and how the station will allow more people to visit the town’s many attractions. Excitement grew among the young people as they realised they would soon have a new station in their town.
The students were invited to take part in a competition to design a poster that will be on display inside the new station building when it opens. 336 high quality entries were received.
After much deliberation, two winners were selected. Lucy Whiteford, a year 10 pupil at Kenilworth School and Sixth Form and Alice Rollason of St John’s Primary School. Alice’s design featured a family imagining where they could go via train with Coventry, London and the beach among the destinations. Lucy’s design focussed on people coming into Kenilworth via train to visit the castle and the town centre, a reminder that the station will provide a real economic boost to trade in the town.
Speaking about the coming station, Lucy said: “I’m looking forward to the station opening. I’ll use it to go to Leamington, London, Coventry, anywhere really.”
Alice added: “It’s exciting. I want the first place I go to on the train to be London when the station opens.”
Cllr Jeff Clarke, portfolio holder for transport and environment, said: “Now that the work is becoming more visible at the site of the station, we want to see the people of Kenilworth really getting excited.
“These wonderful images that will decorate the hoardings are a fantastic reminder that something really exciting that will bring so much to the town is just around the corner.”
The project is being funded by the Department for Transport (DfT), Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Warwickshire County Council. It is part of a major rail enhancement scheme designed to encourage economic regeneration between Nuneaton and Leamington Spa.