Review into Kenilworth Station project failings still not started more than two months on

A Task and Finish Group was set up by Warwickshire County Council to investigate what went wrong with Kenilworth Station, but the review has not yet started
A Task and Finish Group was set up by Warwickshire County Council to investigate what went wrong with Kenilworth Station, but the review has not yet started

A Kenilworth town councillor has expressed concern that a review into what went wrong with the Kenilworth Station project has not yet started - more than two months after it was announced.

Kenilworth's new railway station opened on Monday April 30, but was beset by delays and ended up costing station promoter Warwickshire County Council £13.6 million.

On Tuesday March 20, the county council's leader Cllr Izzi Seccombe announced the creation of a 'Task and Finish Group' to investigate what went wrong and where lessons could be learned. Groups such as West Midlands Trains, Network Rail, the Department for Transport and Kenilworth Town Council are all set to contribute to the investigation.

But more than two months later, the group has not yet started its investigation.

And Kenilworth town councillor Richard Dickson (Lib Dem, St John's) said it was important for the county council to identify what went wrong before it embarks on major projects on in the future.

Cllr Richard Dickson said: "This review should have started already so that the lessons can be learned quickly before memories fade.

"At the moment, if we've not learned the lessons of the problems with the station, there's every risk of the mistakes being repeated."

At a previous county council meeting on Tuesday May 15, Cllr Seccombe said the review would be chaired by an independent body, and added the intention was to 'move forward as quickly as possible'.

Warwickshire County Council have been contacted for comment.

*This article was edited to reflect that Kenilworth School and Sixth Form's move to a new site on Southcrest Farm will not be directly influenced by the county council as the school owns its own land.