Construction for Kenilworth’s new station has been given the green light to finally get started after years of waiting to get the service running.
Work is set to start any day now to clear and prepare the land after Warwickshire County Council took over the Priory Road site on Tuesday.
Builders merchants Buildbase which occupied the site has now moved into temporary new premises in Warwick Road, leaving the council free to begin clearing the site over the coming weeks.
A council spokesperson said work would begin “immediately” after they took control of the site on February 3.
Demolition of existing buildings and construction work on the new rail station will go ahead through the summer in what has been eagerly awaited across the town.
County councillor John Whitehouse (Lib Dem, Kenilworth Abbey) said he was thrilled that after years of campaigning, the station is finally becoming a reality.
“Kenilworth is one of the largest towns in the country not currently served by a train station and that has been something that we have worked long and hard to put right,” he said.
“I am excited that things are now progressing and look forward to seeing the work come to fruition.”
Construction on the new station is due to start in the summer, with passenger trains hoped to be ready in time for Christmas 2016.
The station will provide an hourly service between Coventry and Leamington.
The station will include a ticket office, a 90-space car park and cycle parking and is forecast to attract 446 return passengers each day.
The station design was chosen by residents during a public vote last year, but work is ongoing to determine the layout and design of access and footbridges after concern from the town council.
The station was made possible thanks to a grant from the Department for Transport and is being set up alongside improvements and electrification of the tracks.