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Warwick Parkway On Track For October Start

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 vehicles.

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 congestion.

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.

“During construction, 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 existing environment."

In the Government’s announcement about spending £180 billion on transport yesterday, the Parkway scheme was trumpeted as part of the greener approach to transport.

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.

Chiltern 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 traffic.
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