Introduction

Warwickshire County Council (WCC) is developing your new Kenilworth Station at Priory Road, Kenilworth.

WCC are committed to the continued development of an integrated transport system that meets the needs of both residents and visitors.

Kenilworth has a population of nearly 24,000. Since the closure of the old station in 1965 the population of the town has increased by 50%. A new station would help improve access to Kenilworth from the rest of the corridor and would help to provide access to jobs, education and leisure opportunities within Kenilworth.

The station will significantly enhance rail access for Kenilworth’s residents to the economies of Birmingham, Coventry, Leamington Spa and London as well as improving rail transport links for those visiting Kenilworth.

The site for the new station is on the rail route between Leamington Spa and Coventry and is close to the town centre at the site of the former station on Priory Road. A new hourly train service between Coventry and Leamington will be in operation. Connections at Coventry will be possible with train services to and from the north of the county, Birmingham and London. A connection from Leamington Spa to London and the Thames Valley will also be available.

The benefits would be felt over a wide area as the new service will help relieve overcrowding on existing services and unlock current suppressed passenger demand. The corridor from Warwick/Leamington to Nuneaton via Kenilworth, Coventry and Bedworth (known as the North-South corridor) already suffers from severe congestion because of large movements of people throughout the day. The density of the population and the level of activity in the corridor is set to grow substantially and will create increasing demand for transport. These demands will increase car use and congestion unless a good quality public transport system is available.

A new rail station at Kenilworth will help improve accessibility and encourage increased use of the train for journeys that might otherwise be undertaken by car.