The new Warwick Parkway rail
station should be finished for October, as a further boost to get
commuters out of their car and into a carriage.
The £5 million scheme for a
new station is being built by M40 Trains, the parent company of
Chiltern Railways. It has put in most of the money, along with
Warwickshire County Council and Railtrack.
The heavy machinery is now on
site and work has started on the platforms and car park for 450
The new summer rail timetable
– effective from the last week of September will reveal the exact
timing of trains.
Few people will be in walking
distance of the rural location, just off the A4177 (old A41) Warwick
to Solihull road, within seconds of the A46 and minutes of the M40.
The company wants to attract
long-distance commuters off the motorway to use the site as a
park-and-ride for Birmingham and London.
The scheme had to clear local
planning hurdles, a planning inquiry and massive local objections from
villagers in nearby Hampton Magna who fear it will add to local
It was not that popular in
Warwick either as there were fears it could lead to a downgrading of
the main station on Coventry Road, only 1.5 miles away.
And with Leamington station
just as far again, people doubt whether, in the long term, trains will
make three stops within three miles.
Adrian Shooter, managing
director of Chiltern Railways said:
"In planning the design
of Warwick Parkway, every effort has been made to create a look in
keeping with the countryside while at the same time creating a
railway with modern facilities fit for the 21st century.
every effort is being made to reduce disruption by undertaking work
at night and restricting noise levels.
“The station is being
built by Burse Rail to the highest environmental standards,
incorporating significant landscaping and preservation of the
In the Government’s
announcement about spending £180 billion on transport yesterday, the
Parkway scheme was trumpeted as part of the greener approach to
The notorious M40/A46/A429
roundabout at Longbridge near Warwick, was also outlined for a study
to see if there are solutions to congestion.
Traffic lights were added
after the opening of the motorway because of the extra traffic
generated. People leaving the motorwya for the Parkway site on Old
Budbrooke Road will have to use the traffic-clogged island.
Railways is currently negotiating a replacement franchise with the
SSRA. It faces one opponent for the Birmingham Snow Hill to London
Marylebone line, which competes with the main west cost main line that
carries the more popular Birmingham New Street to London Euston