Coventry Station’s £82 million redevelopment is complete, and it is expected to improve the passenger experience in the future.
Avanti West Coast collaborated with Coventry City Council, Network Rail, and other rail operators on the project.
Other stakeholders involved in the £82 million project are Transport for West Midlands (TWM) and Friargate JV Project Ltd.
Passengers will now have step-free access to platforms one through four, and a new multi-story 629-space car park has been constructed.
The concourse has also been upgraded, with five new retail units, waiting rooms, and restrooms for passengers.
The ‘Coventry Station Masterplan’ project received £39.4 million from the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Deal.
The Government’s Local Growth Fund has allocated an additional £27.5 million through the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP).
Coventry City Council has also contributed further funding.
Andy Street, West Midlands Mayor and Chair of the WMCA, spoke about the enhancements done at Coventry Station.
The new facility at Coventry Station, video – Avanti West Coast
Mr Street said: “It is great to see the railway station open after all the hard work which has gone into its development.
“It is a fitting gateway for the city and I am pleased we have been able to play our part in making it happen.”
Avanti West Coast now operates Coventry Station and has assisted in the project’s oversight and remarked on the upgrades.
“The new aesthetic station will revolutionise the experience of consumers travelling to the city by rail,” stated Natasha Grice, Executive Director of Stations at Avanti West Coast.
“I’ve been watching excitedly as the new station has taken shape.
“I can’t wait to see the reaction of our passengers when they arrive at Coventry.
“We look forward to welcoming more visitors to the city in the coming months.”
The new Coventry station’s opening coincides with the 60th anniversary of the current Grade II listed station’s opening in 1962.
Featured image – Avanti West Coast
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