using Coventry railway station will be cheered by the news that the building is to be
given a major re-vamp by owners Railtrack.
Work will start almost immediately on the £1 million renovation of the station, which
was designed by well known Coventry architect Sir Donald Gibson and built in the early
The grade II listed building has had very little repair work done on it since its
opening and has reached a sorry state including leaking roofs and poor lighting.
There will also be an involvement by the Railway Heritage Trust who are spending around
£20,000 to remove the existing ticket collectors box and install 60s style lighting
in keeping with the building.
However, a Railtrack spokesman has warned Coventry railway users that although the work
is essential, it may not be easy to notice what has been done.
"When people hear that it is a £1 million development they expect to see
miraculous things happening but really the money is being spent on essentials like a whole
new roof for the station.
"Although I suppose if you are used to standing on the platform with rain dripping
round your feet then you certainly will notice the difference.
"We will be starting the work in September and are hoping that it will be
completely finished in January or February next year."
Despite this admission Railtrack has revealed that they are looking into a further
scheme in late 2000 which will be far more noticable.
Their spokeman said:
"The second phase would involve cleaning up all of the brickwork and looking at
some of the interior design of the station so that would have a lot more impact.
"But before you do anything like that you have to make sure the essentials are
done and they are the things that often cost the most."