Rail Station Masterplan

Tuesday 11th of February 2020 09:30 AM

Coventry rail station is one of the fastest growing stations outside London. Changes are being made to improve capacity and accessibility.

These include: 

A second footbridge connecting all four platforms and extended platform canopies. Listed building consent has already been granted for the footbridge

A second station entrance building, facing outwards onto Warwick Road and providing step free access to platforms

A 633 space multi-storey car park

A bus interchange connected directly to the station building via a new access tunnel under Warwick Road

A new bay platform (this means set back from the main line so it does not impede direct London trains) to enable two trains per hour between Coventry and Nuneaton.

The scheme is being led by Coventry City Council, working in partnership with Network Rail, Avanti West Coast and other rail operators, Transport for West Midlands and Friargate Coventry LLP and other stakeholders. It is being funded with grants from Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Deal, the Department for Transport and West Midlands Combined Authority. In all the investment is in excess of £80 million. Work will be completed in time for Coventry being the UK City of Culture in 2021. 

Work has now started on these exciting plans. The first phase of work – a new footbridge and improvements to the existing platform canopies - is well underway and work on the second station building with shops, new multi-storey car park and a ticket office, as well as a bus interchange on the Central 6 side, has recently started.  

Piling works are currently taking place on Warwick Road. The piling forms part of the foundations for the new station building and will allow us to open up the access tunnel under Warwick Road, connecting the new building to the bus interchange.  

The work to build the new station entrance and multi storey car park will mean that the bus stops and short stay drop off car park will be relocated. From Sunday 5 January, the existing bus interchange will be fenced off and buses will instead use the stops at the front of the station, next to the main doors. The following week, Sunday 12 January the current short-stay car park and car park 2 next to the short stay car park will close. Drivers will instead use the area where the bus stops will have moved from. This area will also include a marked bay for taxis picking up and dropping off disabled users and a bay for emergency vehicles. Train timetables will not be affected by the works, which will take place outside of the station itself.