Construction on Kenilworth Station to start later than expected
The start of construction work at Kenilworth Station has been pushed back to this July after Warwickshire County Council originally announced work would start this spring.
The work is expected to be completed in early 2017, and Network Rail is expected to link the track with a new track at Leamington station in the spring. The station should be operational in August 2017.
The contract for the work has been awarded to Graham Construction Ltd, who have worked on other rail projects such as Ibrox station in Glasgow.
Stuart Robertson, contracts director at Graham Construction Ltd, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Warwickshire County Council and SLC Rail on this significant new station project and look forward to delivering the new transport facility for the community of Kenilworth and surrounding areas.”
Cllr Peter Butlin, portfolio holder for transport and planning at the council, said: “I’m delighted that Graham Construction have been chosen to construct the station and we can now move into the next phase of delivering this project.
“We’re working hard with our partners and the rail industry to ensure that the people of Kenilworth have the transport links they deserve.
“This is against a backdrop of great change and improvements across the rail network and increased demand for rolling stock to deliver new passenger services across the country.
“The construction of the station and the resulting new train service will not only improve local public transport but will also provide a link to rail services beyond the Coventry and Warwickshire sub-region, giving improved access to the economies of London and Birmingham while boosting our own local economy and tourism.”
Planning permission to start work on reopening the station was granted in 2011, but funding was initially refused by the council.
In 2013, the Department for Transport announced a new fund to construct or renovate stations, and the council decided to apply for a £5 million grant. The grant was awarded in June 2013, with the total cost of the project estimated at £12.1 million.