A plaque to mark the official opening of Kenilworth Station was officially unveiled today by the Secretary of State for Transport, the Right Honourable Chris Grayling MP.
Mr Grayling was joined by the MP for Kenilworth and Southam, Rt Hon Jeremy Wright and Cllr Peter Butlin and Monica Fogarty from Warwickshire County Council to unveil the plaque and to pay tribute to all of the partners in the scheme who had made it possible, with representatives from Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Network Rail, West Midlands Trains and West Midlands Rail all present.
After over 50 years without a station following the closure of the original building in 1965, the new Kenilworth Station opened in April with many of the aspects of the original design incorporated into its design. The hourly service from Coventry to Leamington now alights at Kenilworth.
The project to build the station was funded by Warwickshire County Council, the
Government’s Local Growth Fund through Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), and from the Department for Transport’s New Stations Fund.
Cllr Jeff Clarke, WCC portfolio holder for transport and planning, said: "The county council is committed to ensuring Warwickshire has the right infrastructure to continue its economic growth and transport links are absolutely critical to this strategy. Kenilworth Station is key to this and we are pleased that the town has a station again and that residents have responded so positively to it."
Jonathan Browning, chair of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The Local Growth Fund gives the LEPs the opportunity to progress transport schemes which will improve connections with other towns and cities and tackle congestion. Kenilworth fits all those criteria and we are delighted the financial support we were able to provide has made the creation of the station possible.
“The station is already proving a very useful link between Leamington and Coventry and that will only increase as services are added and it becomes a greater part of people’s day-to-day travel.”
Brenda Lawrence, head of stations for West Midlands Railway, said: "Kenilworth is the first new station to be opened by West Midlands Trains, delivering popular new journey opportunities for the local area. Further improvements to our services are also planned for the future with new trains and better connections across our network. Today is about thanking our partners for their part in bringing Kenilworth station to fruition and reinforcing our commitment to supporting the progress and prosperity of the communities we serve."
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