New £82m Coventry train station developments



Coventry City Council are expected to submit a planning application for the £82m redevelopment of its main train station. New images were released on November 2nd showing the innovative changes to the building. The plans tie in with the wider Friargate scheme around the station.

Station Masterplan: https://www.flickr.com/photos/coventrycc/sets/72157661589267166

With a likely start date of 2019 and expecting to be complete by 2021, the project will create a second station entrance providing step free access to platforms, a new footbridge connecting all four platforms, a 644 space multi-storey car park to the east of Warwick Road and the opening of 5 new shops. For proposed retail units, the Coventry Station Masterplan Report mentions, “The growing footfall predicted at Coventry would provide an ideal location for an M&S Simply Foods or other small supermarket such as Tesco Express”.

There will also be major road improvements made including a new link road to Central Six Retail Park & the ring road and a direct bus interchange to the station via a new tunnel under Warwick Road as part of the NUCKLE Nuneaton to Leamington rail line project.

Another platform will also be constructed which will increase the frequency of services between Coventry and Nuneaton to twice an hour. The relocation of the existing service to the new bay platform would also free up longer distance services to other destinations.

Anne Lock, who has worked for Virgin trains for over 4 years said, “The station currently sees more than six million passenger trips each year and that is set to increase. We are seeing a lot of changes to the transport network, the big one being the HS2 running from London to Birmingham from 2027, and we need to be ready for that”.

Coventry station is one of the busiest stations on the West Coast Mainline, after London and Birmingham New Street, mentioned in the Masterplan report, which also highlighted its capacity issues.

However, commuters had differing opinions about the grand re-design.

“Coventry station gives you a feel of the 1970’s once you step off the train. But the new extra platforms will be able to deliver extra capacity to an already busy service. So yes it does need a revamp”.

“In my opinion it would be a shame to knock down the 1960’s booking hall- it’s a rare example of decent architecture from that period”.

Some parts of the station are listed as grade II property, which prohibits demolition.

The project has received funding from the Government’s Local Growth Fund through the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP), the Department for Transport and some borrowing while funding is also being requested from the West Midlands Combined Authority Devolution Deal.

What’s happened so far?

Some work has started at the station already, the main progression being the extension of the footbridge and canopy between platforms, creating a new passenger drop-off point and providing additional on-site car parking.

The Rocket pub has also been knocked down which stood where the new station is planned to be built.

The city is inevitably changing with the hope that developments like this will bring a new lease of life to Coventry.

Jasmine Amara


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