Coventry railway station is one of the fastest growing stations outside London. The existing railway station is Grade II listed which means there is limited scope for creating additional capacity within the existing station building. The Coventry Station Masterplan project has been developed to deliver new infrastructure to meet current and projected future passenger growth. Using funding from the West Midlands Combined Authority and the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Deal we are investing £82million to improve accessibility and capacity. Our work includes:
Work is well underway on these exciting plans. The footbridge and canopies started on site last year, foundations are now in place and work continues ahead of the footbridge installation in the autumn. Work on the second station building has recently started, ground works have progressed well and now steelwork erection is underway. Once complete the station building will house up to five retail units and passenger facilities including new waiting rooms, toilets and ticket machines. A new multi-storey car park with 633 spaces will be constructed above the new station building with integrated lift access from the car park to station level.
A new substation is being built next to the existing railway station to upgrade the power supply for the new station infrastructure. As a result of these works there have been some changes to the location of bus stops, disabled and short stay parking and taxi drop-offs to enable us to carry out the work and these are clearly signed. There will be further changes to Station Square later this autumn as works start on the extension of the pedestrian boulevard from Station Square north to the front of the railway station, which will include creation of a new taxi loop to the east of the station.
Construction is underway for highway improvements on Warwick Road, works are being phased to try and minimise disruption to traffic as far as possible, traffic management is in place to maintain traffic in both directions. The current phase of work on the northbound western carriageway means there is a temporary closure of the junction from Warwick Road onto Westminster Road, signed diversions are in place.
Works will commence to create a new two-way link road between Westminster Road and the Junction 7 ring road on slip mid-July. The link road will improve connectivity and help to unlock the western extent of the Friargate development.
There will be additional cycle parking delivered as part of the Coventry Station Masterplan scheme in the new station building and transport interchange.
On 10 January 2019 Coventry City Council made the Council of the City of Coventry (Coventry Station Warwick Road Car Park and adjacent land City Centre) Compulsory Purchase Order 2019. A Public Inquiry was held from 10 September 2019 and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government confirmed the Order on 11 October 2019.
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