FAQs

Who is promoting the scheme?

Warwickshire County Council (WCC) is promoting the scheme.

Why build a station in Kenilworth?

Kenilworth has a population of nearly 24,000. Since the closure of the former station in 1965 the population of the town has increased by 50%. The town lies within the ‘North-South’ corridor which runs between Nuneaton in the north and Leamington Spa in the south. 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 good quality public transport is available.

How will a new rail station help Kenilworth?

A new station would help improve accessibility, reduce congestion and aid economic regeneration. Access to Kenilworth from the rest of the corridor would be improved and would help to provide access to jobs, education and leisure opportunities within Kenilworth. It would also provide links to similar opportunities elsewhere for residents of Kenilworth.

What support has been demonstrated for re-opening of the station?
Previous consultation showed that 81% of respondents supported the station in principle. There is also significant business support for the re-opening of the station. A survey of residents and businesses within Kenilworth was undertaken on behalf of WCC in 2009. A total of 753 Kenilworth residents, 229 visitors to Kenilworth and 74 businesses located were surveyed. The main results were:

  1.     At present 59% of Kenilworth residents do not currently use rail for journeys.
  2.     85% of residents indicated that they would use rail for journeys if a station existed.
  3.     At present less that 2% of visitors to Kenilworth use rail for the major part of their journey.
  4.     47% of visitors to Kenilworth indicated that they would use the train if a station existed.
  5.     The main destinations for travel to by rail were Coventry, Leamington Spa, Birmingham and London.

When will construction commence?
Graham Construction have been appointed as principal contractor, and construction started in late 2016.

When will it open?
The station will be operational in February 2018.

Where will it be located?
The site for the station is on the rail route between Leamington Spa and Coventry and is close to the town centre at the site of the former Kenilworth station goods yard on 83 Priory Road.

What facilities will the station have?

  • Station building including ticket office, passenger waiting room, accessible toilet and accommodation for a retail outlet.
  • Fully covered Equality Act compliant footbridge with lifts.
  • Platform to accommodate 4 car trains (100m in length).
  • Steps and ramps to platform adjacent to station building.
  • Platform waiting shelters.
  • Highway access onto Priory Road.
  • Car parking at the south end of the proposed site which includes blue badge parking bays adjacent to station building.
  • Separate motorcycle parking and covered bicycle parking adjacent to the new station.
  • Separate taxi and kiss & ride facility.
  • Bus stand, to set down and pick up and turning area.
  • Retention of existing right of way footbridge and electrical sub-station.
  • Customer information, safety and ticketing systems.

Will there be cycling provision?
Yes, there will be cycle parking provided at the station on the Priory Road side. The platform access will be an “Access for All” footbridge with passenger lifts large enough for bikes.

Will the station be accessible to all rail users?

Access to the station, trains and car park will comply with Disability Discrimination Act (1995) and with the Equality Act 2010 design standards.

What will happen to the existing footbridge (PRoW Bridge)?

The existing footbridge is to remain as this provides a public right of way access across the railway. The footbridge will be repainted during the station construction works. The new platform bridge to be constructed as part of the station development will be owned by Network Rail and operated by the train operating company. The existing PRoW bridge is owned by Network Rail.

How frequent will the train service be?

Every hour between Leamington Spa and Coventry (Monday to Saturday).

How much will a train ticket to Coventry and Leamington Spa cost?

Ticket prices are as follows:
Kenilworth to Leamington

Off-peak day return: £2.90
Anytime day return: £3.50
Anytime day single: £2.50
Weekly season:  £14.00

Kenilworth to Coventry
Off-peak day return: £2.90
Anytime day return: £3.50
Anytime day single: £2.50
Weekly season: £14.00

How far can I go with just one train change?
Many destinations across the UK will be made accessible to you with just one train change at either Leamington Spa or Coventry: Birmingham, London, Manchester, Edinburgh, and Glasgow.

What will happen to the Lighthouse Building?
It is intended that the ‘Lighthouse’ Building will be retained. There are a number of options which are currently being explored. Uses may include a continuation of the previous retail use or other commercial/office use, or conversion back to residential accommodation. The building will have appropriate dedication parking provision.

What works are planned to the railway? Are Network Rail going to double track/electrify the route?
As part of the station project, there are some track works required at Leamington Station and Coventry Station.  Also a track slew is required in order for the track to meet the platform. These works are being carried out by Network Rail. For details of this we recommend that you contact Network Rail directly.

Will planning permission be required?
Yes. The Station already has been granted full planning consent.

Will there be a car park?
Yes. It is expected that there will be a 79 space car park which includes 4 blue badge parking bays adjacent to the ticket office.

How much will it cost to park?
The parking charges have not yet been confirmed, however they will be commensurate with parking charges at other stations in the region. This will also deter non- rail users from using the station car park for day to day trips in the town.

How are traffic implications being considered?
A Transport Assessment for the scheme was produced to support the Outline Planning application. The findings of the Assessment were approved as part of the Outline Planning consent granted by WCC in April 2014.

What are the traffic implications of the development?
The Transport Assessment recognised that the new station is within a comfortable walk / cycle distance for approximately 68% of the town’s residents. Vehicle movements into the site are therefore predicted to decrease when the station opens (compared to the current number of vehicles entering the Buildbase site).

Opening Year

  • Total Buildbase Vehicle Movements: 379 (2010/11)
  • Total Station Vehicle Movements: 254 (split 166 drop & ride, 42 car parking & 46 bus)
  • Full Station Demand

    Total Station Vehicle Movements: 573 (split 420 drop & ride, 107 car parking & 46 bus)

    By 2017/18 the proposed development will generate only an additional 184 vehicle movements. Taking into account the 17 hour period of operation for the station the impact of these additional vehicles will be minimal and, of course, they predominantly consist of private cars and not heavy goods vehicles.

    Summary

    Traffic impacts from the Station are expected to be minimal as the peak (rail) traffic flows typically occur outside of the key (road) traffic peaks. Indeed, the independent traffic modelling report that accompanied the TA stated:

    “… the traffic impact at the site is minimal and no detrimental effect to the operation of the [local road] network is experienced in the 2013 opening year or 2018 test year.”

    How has the noise been considered as part of the development?

    A noise assessment was produced as part of the Outline Planning Application, in addition the Outline Planning conditions for the scheme impose obligations for noise mitigation measures to be included within the final design to protect the amenity of local residents.

    How has security been considered as part of the development?

    Fences will be provided around the perimeter of the site to ensure that neighbouring properties are secure from the station car park.

    What is Network Rail’s / Train Operator’s involvement in the development?

    Network Rail is involved in all aspects of the scheme design, approvals and timetabling works. In addition, London Midland is involved in the development of the station. However, the station facility owner will now be West Midlands trains as the new West Midlands franchisee.

    Will the ticket office be manned?

    The ticket office is proposed to be manned for at least one shift per day, although the details of opening hours still need to be agreed with London Midland as part of the commercial case for the scheme.

    How much noise/light pollution will there be?

    A detailed noise and vibration assessment was prepared for the Outline Planning Application which obtained consent in May 2014.  The assessment concluded that there may be some noise and vibration impact from the construction of the project and a pre commencement planning condition has been applied to the project which requires a construction management scheme to be developed to mitigate against noise, dust and vibration during construction.

    During the operation of the station, it was found that noise from the PA system would be below the level determined by the World Health Organisation that would cause sleep disturbance with open windows. It also concluded that noise from the car park and bus shelter would generally be commensurate with the existing daytime ambulant noise levels in the area during the weekdays due to the previous use of the site.

    However, during the operation of the station, the noise levels during weekends and evenings could exceed the level detailed above resulting in adverse impacts.  A number of mitigation measures are proposed including the sensitive design of the PA system, and the following two pre commencement planning conditions relating to the operational noise as follows.

    ‘No public address system or fixed plant shall be installed until full details of the location, hours of operation and level of noise have been submitted to and approved in writing by the County Planning Authority’.

    ‘No development shall commence until a scheme of noise mitigation to control the noise from the car park and bus shelters has been submitted to and approved in writing by the County Planning Authority’.

    Lighting

    A sensitive lighting design will be developed and is subject to the following planning condition.

    ‘No external lighting shall be used on the application site until details of external lighting have been submitted to and approved in writing by the County Planning Authority.  The details shall include times of operation and a site layout plan showing luminaire types, location, intensity and profiles, mounting heights, beam angles and orientation.  All external lighting on the site shall be installed, maintained and operated in accordance with the details (or any subsequent variation) so approved.

    Could there be a discussion with the residents surrounding the station regarding the proposals?

    Progress on the project will be reported on the website and significant stories will be reported in the local press. There is also email notifications that are sent out to those who have expressed an interest in being kept up to date with the stations progress. If you would like to be included on the email notifications please send an email to kenilworthstation@warwickshire.gov.uk , stating your name and address.

    Will there be Real Time Information at the station for both the train and the bus?

    Network Rail provides real time information for all their services, providing predictions and actual train movements, including cancellations and alterations that are sent from the Train Companies. This system also feeds the Network Rail Journey Planner, Train Tracker and Live Departure Boards and Customer Information Systems (CIS).

    Discussion will take place with the Bus companies regarding the service provided and the customer information.

    Will the pensioner discount apply to the train services on offer?

    National Rail offer a Senior Railcard for those aged 60 or over. For more information please visit, www.senior-railcard.co.uk

    For information on other railcards offered by National Rail, please visit www.railcard.co.uk

    How will HS2 affect the station?

    The current plan for HS2 does not impact this route.

    Will the Network West Midlands Network Ticket cover Kenilworth?

    The Network West Midlands ticket fare zones includes the West Midlands County only, therefore Kenilworth is not included in this network.

    How will graffiti be prevented/discouraged?

    The station will be manned and covered by CCTV to help deter any anti-social behaviour. On painted surfaces, anti-graffiti paint will be used.

    Will the train station reduce/increase the value of the surrounding homes?

    The new station and train services are expected to help promote economic growth, and as a result it is expected that house prices in the area will increase.

    Will there be free Wi-Fi and charger points on the train?

    This is yet to be determine and will depend on the train service provider.

    Will the ticketing station be manned throughout the day?

    The ticket office is proposed to be manned for at least one shift per day, although the details of the opening hours still need to be agreed with the new West Midlands franchise operator as part of the commercial case for the scheme.

    What will the bus timetable be?

    Discussion with the Bus operators are taking place and a timetable will be agreed.

    Could you display the calculated walking distances for the residents?

    The station is within 1,200m walking distance of approximately 68% of the town. This means that the station will be highly accessible, without reliance on the private car, encouraging passengers to either walk or cycle to the station. (Map of the walking isochrones is on the Kenilworth Station Website). You can search for walking directions including journey times at www.walkit.com/cities/kenilworth.

    When will the duelling/electrification of the line occur?

    Network Rail are delivering this project as part of their national double tracking and electrification programme. For details of this we recommend you contact <a href=”http://www.networkrail.co.uk/aspx/1346.aspx>Network Rail</a> directly.

    What controls will be in place to ensure privacy and restricted access onto Drew Crescent?

    Fences will be provided around the perimeter of the site to ensure that neighbouring properties are secure from the station car park.

    Visually Impaired Issues

    Could the tactile corduroy strip on the main road be taken all the way into the station including up to the ticket office, platform and stairs/footbridge? In essence tactile strips throughout station, platform and footpaths.

    This is something that will be considered and introduced into the station design if possible.

    Could the ticket machines be fully accessible for visually impaired people?

    It is proposed that the ticket office will be manned. However, when the ticket machines are relied upon for ticketing, accessible to visually impaired passengers shall always be available for example, through permitting purchasing either on the train or at the destination.

    TRAINS

    Could there be a more frequent train service?

    The timetable is agreed by Network Rail and the Train Operating Companies.

    The trains will run every hour between Leamington Spa and Coventry (Monday to Saturday).

    Could the train service be expanded to go further than Coventry and Leamington Spa?

    The service will run between Coventry and Leamington Spa initially. However, many destinations across the UK are accessible with just one change at either Leamington Spa or Coventry.

    Could the connectivity with the other trains at Coventry and Leamington Spa be coordinated so as not to wait for long?

    The new service is required to fit in with the current timetable without causing any disruption. However, the proposed timetable provides some convenient options.

    Could there be a train later than the proposed one at 10pm?

    The timetable is agreed by Network Rail and the Train Operating Companies.

    Car park/parking

    Will there be car park overspill onto adjacent streets?

    There will be an 79 space car park which includes 4 blue badge parking bays. The parking will be monitored before and after the station is built.

    Could there be more parking? Could there be less parking?

    The parking has been allocated based on previous experience at other stations, space available and the station location. The parking at the station will be monitored before and after construction.

    Could there be more disabled spaces?

    The number of disabled spaces provided is in accordance with the requirements of the Equalities Act 2010.

     Will the station lead to congestion on the surrounding road network?

    A Transport Assessment for the scheme has been produced. The Transport Assessment recognised that the new station is within a comfortable walk/cycle distance for approximately 68% of the town’s residents. Vehicle movements into the site are therefore predicted to decrease when the station opens (compared to the current number of vehicles entering the Buildbase site.)

    Adjacent streets to station are already congested, could they be fixed first?

    The traffic will be monitored after the station is open. Any unnecessary parking scheme would like to be avoided as this would permanently impact on the residents. Therefore, it will be looked at after the station is opened if necessary and consulted on with the residents.

     Will the car park be free after 6pm?

    The car park will be operated by the successful bidder of the West Midlands franchise competition. Any charges will be determined by the operator.

     Will there be enough room for the drop/pick up points?

    There will be a Drop off/ pick up facility available.

    How will you ensure that the people parking are there for the train?

    Parking charges will be set to deter non-rail users from using the station car park for day to day trips in the town.

     How will you ensure that there is no parking on adjacent roads?

    There will be an 79 space car park which includes 5 blue badge parking bays. The parking will be monitored before and after the station is built.

    Cycling

    Could more cycle storage be added?

    36 stands are being provided.

     Could the station be incorporated into the wider cycle network?

    WCC are currently carrying out reviews of the cycle network to inform the new Network Development Plan. Kenilworth will be included in this study and the station will be a key consideration.

     Could the station have better cycle access?

    Please see above.

    PROW footbridge & station footbridge

    Could the station bridge be a sloped bridge?

    The station bridge will be an ‘Access for All’ footbridge with passenger lifts. We are unable to provide sloped access due to limited space available surrounding the site of the bridge.

     Could the station bridge be made accessible from Farmer Ward Road?

    During the hours of the station operation, it is planned to have the station bridge accessible from the Farmer Ward Road side.

     Could the PROW Bridge be modernised to include disabled access/cycle access?

    The footbridge is due to be repainted during the station construction works. However, funding has not been provided to make any further improvements.

    Station

    Could the lift shafts be made more attractive?

    There have been some minor aesthetic changes to the lift towers following the Public Exhibition, including changes to the canopies and the addition of feature brickwork.

    Could there be more landscaping in the car park?

    There will be planting of a variety of trees and shrubs on the site to complement the design option chosen without compromising the designated parking provision.

    Could the canopies on the shelters be bigger?

    Following the Public Exhibition the design of the platform shelters has been amended to be more in keeping with the Heritage theme of the ticket office building.  The shelters will be of traditional red brick construction with a slate roof.  The size of the shelters have been designed and positioned to ensure that the standard clearances to the platform edge are achieved.

     Are there gutters on the canopies?

    Yes

    Will there be security there i.e CCTV, secure cycle facilities, adequate lighting etc?

    CCTV will be provided. Secure cycle storage will be provided. Lighting will be provided that will not compromise the neighbouring residents.

    Could a glass ceiling lantern be built instead of the current tile roof?

    As part of the design, glass windows are provided on the roof.

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