TRAIN operator Chiltern Railways has officially opened its new £2.5 million car park at Warwick Parkway, creating an additional 222 much needed spaces for commuters from the station.
The new car park brings the number of spaces at the station up to 959 to meet the growing demand.
It was opened by Chiltern’s managing director Rob Brighouse and Lord Digby Jones of Birmingham, who is a regular commuter from the station
Mr Brighouse said: “Since the launch of Mainline over a year ago and our faster journey times, the number of passengers from Warwick Parkway has increased by 34.5 per cent. The new car park is the latest in a series of improvements across our network to ensure that we give our customers the best service possible both now and in the future.”
Lord Jones added: “It is such a privilege to be asked to open the new car park. The station itself is an enormous emblem of Chiltern’s commitment to the value-added service it provides to its customers and this new investment is further evidence of that commitment.
“The staff at the station are, of course, the secret of the station’s obvious success but their job has also become easier by the enhanced facilities the car park provides. The experience of travelling from Warwick Parkway has changed people’s perception of travel by train forever; the Parkway concept just got even better.”
Nick Hayes, managing director for Bourne Parking, said: “We’re delighted to deliver a second multi-storey car park to Chiltern. It is designed to blend into the landscaping and operation of the station, and provides direct access to the ticket hall and platforms, helping to improve passenger experience. Close collaboration between Chiltern and ourselves ensured the car park was delivered on time and to budget - with minimum disruption to the station.”