A new railway station
that encourages you to use your car is opening today near
Warwick Parkway has been
built as a Park and Ride railway station by Chiltern Railway. It
is the first railway station in the country not to be solely
built and owned by Railtrack.
With 450 parking spaces
eventually being available, the aim is to get commuters to drive
to the station, and leave their cars there. One of the aims is
to promote rail use, and also to compensate for the lack of
parking spaces at Leamington and Warwick stations.
A study suggests that 75
per cent of passenger would be former car users, and this is
expected to make a difference to congested roads in the area. It
is also hoped that businesses in the area will benefit from
quicker links to London.
The station is near
Budbrooke, on the A4177. Research suggests that it could attract
travellers from as far as Stratford, Redditch and Bromsgrove.
Trains run between
Birmingham Snow Hill and London Marylebone, and are not affected
by the current emergency track repairs being carried out all
over the country.
Travel times to London
are around 90 minutes, and 30 minutes to Birmingham, tickets to
London are £21.50 for a cheap day return and £49 for people
travelling at peak time.
Villagers living near
the new station opposed the scheme, which was backed and
financially supported by Warwickshire County Council. Planning
permission for the scheme was given for the scheme in March
1999, following a public inquiry in October 1998.
Cllr Eddie Smith,
cabinet member (Environment) said:
council believes that Warwick Parkway will have many benefits
for local people and businesses in the area."
Adrian Shooter, managing
director of Chiltern Railways said:
transport is to be considered as a viable alternative to
travel by car, then it is up to industry and government to
make public transport an attractive choice.
providing travellers with a transport system that is reliable,
convenient and punctual; that is good value for money and that
ultimately provides a pleasant travelling experience."
He added that this
philosophy is at the centre of Chiltern Railways' strategy and
earned it its ranking as the 'top operator' in a recent national
passenger study carried out by the Shadow Strategic Rail
[25 OCT 00]