More thought needed over new railway plans

Railway station approach
Railway station approach

Councillors have asked for planners to go back to the drawing board with repeated concern over plans for access and safety at the new station.

Warwick District Council has put in for outline planning permission to build a new site off Priory Road later this year.

Plans for the station include a new footbridge, lifts, north and southbound platforms, cycle storage, dedicated bus stop and car parking.

Kenilworth Town Council has already raised concern over the existing Farmer Ward Road to Priory Road bridge and access for wheelchair users, cyclists and pushchairs.

And despite “wholeheartedly” supporting the much-anticipated return of the station and its design, councillors have again called for change before plans progress.

As well as calling for safety improvements to the original crossing, they have called for the bridge to be upgraded to modern standards to fit in with the new station design.

A report read: “Members felt strongly that it is necessary for the dilapidated and increasingly unsafe bridge to be maintained and refurbished in sympathy with the new bridge which is of a completely different design.

“As access was provided to the platforms on each side, it would also appear to be possible to use the new lifts for disabled access to the town from the Farmer Ward Road area.”

All comments will be considered by WDC planners before approval is given for the build later this year.

The railway station’s design was chosen from three options at a public vote.

The favourite received 71 per cent of votes after being described as the most traditional and in keeping with the town’s architecture.

Builder’s merchants, Buildbase, which is currently based at the site, has been served notice to vacate the premises so that construction work can begin at the end of the year, ready for the station to be up and running in time for Christmas 2016.

The station will provide an hourly service between Leamington and Coventry.