We will be submitting a planning application for the Coventry rail station masterplan in Spring 2018. The application covers work that will help to improve capacity and accessibility at the station, one of the fastest growing stations outside London. This includes:
The scheme is being led by Coventry City Council, working in partnership with Network Rail, Virgin Trains and other rail operators, Transport for West Midlands and Friargate Coventry LLP and other stakeholders. It is being funded with grants from Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Deal, the Department for Transport and West Midlands Combined Authority. In all the investment is in excess of £80 million. Work will be completed in time for Coventry being the UK City of Culture in 2021. You can see a model of how the station will look when work is completed in the concourse at the rail station.
Planning applications for the footbridge and canopies and the bus interchange were submitted in July and work is expected to start on the footbridge and canopies in October this year.
Improvements have already taken place on the Coventry to Nuneaton rail line. Known locally as Nuckle 1.1 forms the first part of a vision for a direct rail link between Nuneaton and Leamington Spa. Two new stations have already been completed at Coventry (Ricoh) Arena and Bermuda park in Warwickshire and platforms have been lengthened at Bedworth station to accommodate longer trains. This work was part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
Nuckle 1.2 will provide a new platform at Coventry station, allowing the rail service to increase the frequency from one train per hour to two trains per hour. Nuckle 1.2 is being delivered by the Council and Warwickshire County Council. It is funded by the two partners and the Department for Transport.
Work is also underway to create a new rail station in Kenilworth as part of the wider Nuckle programme. Find out more.
Read the cabinet report from 24 January 2017 on the rail station masterplan update.