Warwickshire County Council’s plans for a station in Kenilworth have moved a step closer.
The support over many years of the people of Kenilworth and their elected representatives has been critical in keeping this scheme alive.
Cllr Martin Heatley
Train operator CrossCountry, owned by Arriva, took over the operation of the ‘New CrossCountry Franchise’ from Virgin last November and has now agreed to become a partner in the development of a business case for the scheme.
Cllr Martin Heatley, Warwickshire County Council's Cabinet member for Environmental Services said: “It’s great news that CrossCountry have agreed to work with us on the case for a station in Kenilworth. A new station would provide a huge transport benefit for everyone.
“The county council has been working with Warwick District Council and Town Council for many years to promote this scheme. We can really start to make progress now we have a rail service operator and Network Rail working with us. Like the other partners, progress will be subject to an acceptable business case, but this news is nonetheless a huge step towards delivering the scheme.”
Andy Cooper, Managing Director of CrossCountry, said: “A proposal for a new station at Kenilworth has existed in outline for many years and we fully understand the issues associated with its possible construction, and the strength of local interest for a station at this location. CrossCountry supports the development of further work on the station’s potential and what factors are necessary to facilitate its construction.”
Darren Horley, Senior Route Planner for Network Rail, said: “The county council’s proposal is referred to in Network Rail’s West Midlands Route Plan and we look forward to investigating the potential business case on this scheme with the other stakeholders.”
Jeremy Wright, MP for Kenilworth, said: “One of the question marks hanging over the possible development of a station at Kenilworth has always been the need to persuade a train operating company to stop services here. I am delighted to hear that we have moved one step closer to solving that problem and, therefore, one step closer to providing the town with the railway station it needs and deserves.”
Cllr Martin Heatley went on to say: “The support over many years of the people of Kenilworth and their elected representatives has been critical in keeping this scheme alive so that we are now in position to make progress towards delivering the station which the town wants.”
Cllr John Whitehouse, the county council’s local member for Kenilworth Abbey, added: "This is excellent news for Kenilworth residents, who have expressed their support for a new station over many years through local campaigns, petitions and individual letters. I'm thrilled that the county council and Arriva have now agreed to move this scheme forward."