Christmas has come early for Kenilworth with news that the town’s train station will finally be up and running by 2016.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has this month signed off £5million of funding to help return the town’s station after years of painstaking set backs.
And with work set to start in Priory Road next December, it is hoped the tracks will be carrying passengers once again in just three years’ time.
Signing off final funding paperwork, county councillors have rejoiced in the news which they have worked for over a decade to hear.
Warwickshire County Council’s Alan Cockburn(Con St John’s) described the news as “brilliant” for everyone who has been waiting with baited breath for so long.
“This great news for the town and the culmination of many, many years of lobbying,” he said. “The county council has an enviable track record of building railway stations and I am confident the project will be a success.”
Kenilworth’s station was closed in the 1960s and plans to resurrect a passenger services between Leamington and Coventry have been in the pipeline for years.
The £11.3million project came close to fruition in 2011, but funding fell through, dashing plans to have trains running by August 2013.
And with £5million from the Government’s New Station Fund being approved this month, there is now nothing stopping the tracks being in use for Christmas 2016.
The remaining £6.3million will be met by the county council which has already set aside funding in the budget to cover the expected costs.
Outline planning permission for a new station has been approved and merchants, Buildbase which operates on the site, has been given 12 months to find new premises.