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Rail station masterplan

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Coventry rail station is one of the fastest growing stations outside London. We are making changes to improve capacity and accessibility. These include: 

  • A second footbridge connecting all four platforms and extended platform canopies. Listed building consent has already been granted for the footbridge
  • A second station entrance building, facing outwards onto Warwick Road and providing step free access to platforms
  • A 633 space multi-storey car park
  • A bus interchange connected directly to the station building via a new access tunnel under Warwick Road
  • A new bay platform (this means set back from the main line so it does not impede direct London trains) to enable two trains per hour between Coventry and Nuneaton.

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. 

Work has now started on these exciting plans. The first phase of work – a new footbridge and improvements to the existing platform canopies - has begun. A second station building with shops, new multi-storey car park and a ticket office, as well as a bus interchange on the Central 6 side, will follow soon.  

Piling works are currently taking place on Warwick Road. The piling forms part of the foundations for the new station building and will allow us to open up the access tunnel under Warwick Road, connecting the new building to the bus interchange.  

As part of the work, we will need to close the steps on Warwick Road and the walkway from the station to the car park at Central 6. The closure will take place from Monday 5 August and you will need to walk down Warwick Road, past Eaton House – the tall building – and access the station past the new Council building (where Coffee #1 is). This takes approximately five minutes, so please allow a little extra time for your journey.

Twelve disabled car parking spaces will be relocated from the station forecourt to the existing multi storey car park no.1, which can be accessed via Station Square. This will also happen on 5 August 2019. 

Finally, the cycle shelter closest to the platform in the short stay car park area will be moved to a temporary location in front of the station while the work is carried out. Don’t forget there is also the undercover cycle hub located near to the British Transport Police.  

If you have any questions, please contact us at stationmasterplan@coventry.gov.uk 

Thanks for your patience while we carry out this work. 

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 copy of which and the accompanying documents can be accessed or can be viewed at all reasonable office hours at the Council House, Earl Street, Coventry, CV1 5RR.

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.

A new rail station has been opened in Kenilworth as part of the wider Nuckle programme.

Read the cabinet report from 24 January 2017 on the rail station masterplan update.

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Visuals of the masterplan


Coventry station schematic

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