Claims that Leamington
rail station is ‘filthy’ and ‘disgusting’ have been rejected by
the company that runs it.
The Chamber of
Commerce, Training and Enterprise has spoken out after visitors attending a conference complained about
the state of the station.
It is concerned that this could give a poor
first-impression to people visiting station.
Keir McDonald, chair of
the Mid-Warwickshire branch of the The Chamber, said there has been some
effort, but not enough:
clearly visible efforts being made by the train providers to improve the
quality of service between Leamington Spa and major cities throughout
the UK, the station remains a disgrace in terms of appearance, with
amenities that desperately need to be brought into the 21st
appalled to hear the opinion of recent rail commuters to an event we
hosted, and was left embarrassed by reports of litter, chewing gum and
the foul smell of urine in the underpass.
Spa came second in a nationwide poll earlier this year to discover the
most profitable towns in the country, so in order for this prosperity to
continue, it needs to be reflected in prominent locations throughout the
of commuters visit Leamington Spa by rail every month, some for the
first time, and when they are greeted by the shambolic state of the
station, it delivers a message contradictory to the thriving business
community the town wants to deliver.”
claims have been rejected by Central Trains. It runs Leamington and all
but one of the rail stations in Warwickshire.
£30,000 has been spent on
CCTV in the area
the car park is being
enlarged at a cost of £200,000, and extra lighting has been installed
the underpass which has
attracted complaints is not part of the station, but is under the
jurisdiction of the council
the station is swept daily
it was re-painted in 1997
Railtrack is about to
install new lifts
A new automated ticket
machine has been put in to cut queues
Chiltern and Central
Trains are to announce a package for further improvements for the
station, but cannot yet give details
there have been
half-a-dozen complaints about the station this year from the pubic:
mostly about staff, not about facilities
Trains spokesman said:
always do better, and we can keep spending money. I was there last week
and it looked all right to me.
work with others and we will do what we can, but we have not sat back
and done nothing. This is an old station, but there has been plenty of
money spent there.
people who are complaining are not talking about the station - if they
mean the underpass than that belongs to the council and is not part of
Madeley, Warwickshire director of the Chamber, said the station must be
improved, or it could start to affect business in the area.
vital to develop and maintain a clean and modern Leamington Spa station,
in line with the other major towns in the country, otherwise business
confidence will dwindle and the knock-on effect could prove to be
many visitors, especially business people, the first impression of a
town is personified through the train station, and currently Leamington
is failing to mirror the excellent business practices that are keeping
the town as a beacon for others to aspire towards.
Chamber will continue to campaign for better facilities within
Leamington, and through consultation with relevant bodies we hope to
being the appearance of the station in line wit the rest of the town as
soon as possible.”
services from Leamington include long distance Virgin Cross Country
Trains, commuter and local services to local stations in Warwickshire and
the west Midlands from Central Trains, and a regular London to Birmingham
service offered by Chiltern Railways.