Work has started on a new 6 metre x 24 metre tunnel under Warwick Road to connect Coventry station to the new platform to be built as part of the NUCKLE project.
The works form part of the Coventry Station Masterplan, a five year programme to transform Coventry railway station, and will deliver a second station building with an entrance off Warwick Road, a new footbridge, a new multi-storey car park and a bus interchange.
The tunnel will create a wide pedestrian link and enable people who park on the Central Six side of the station to walk to the station without crossing a road. It will form part of the new station building and people will also use it to walk to the new bay platform which will start construction in 2017.
The tunnel is funded by a £3 million grant from Local Growth Deal and work began on 29 March 2016. The works involve closing one lane in each direction on Warwick Road from 29 March to April 2017.
The access tunnel is part of a wider programme of improvements in and around the train station, which includes the Friargate development. The new tunnel will create a light, spacious and safe environment for pedestrians and improve the look and feel of the station area. Coventry is the fastest growing station outside London and alongside Friargate is a key element in helping Coventry become a top ten city again.
There will be some disruption to drivers while the work is carried out, but there are no planned full road closures and Central Six and the Warwick Road shops are open as usual.
The tunnel will take approximately nine months to construct and is the first part of the new station building. Once completed the tunnel will stay closed until the whole building is finished in 2019. This is because it is part of the building, and not a stand-alone structure. The phasing of the Masterplan has been carefully considered to try and minimise disruption to rail passengers, as well as minimise temporary loss of some car parking spaces as far as possible.
The new bay platform will begin construction in 2017 to allow the trains that run north to Nuneaton and Bedworth and south to Kenilworth and Leamington to pull in off the West Coast Main Line.