Passenger rail services have returned to Kenilworth in Warwickshire for the first time in more than 50 years.
People were lining the single platform at Kenilworth on 30 April for the long-awaited reopening of the town’s railway station.
The new station building sits on the Coventry to Leamington line and has been built on the same site as the former station building, which was demolished in the 1980s.
The station includes various nods to the town’s railway heritage. Most notably, two stained glass windows and a sign rescued from the original station have been incorporated into the new design.
Although support for the project has been widespread, there have been several hurdles during the delivery, with the opening put back several times.
Funding for the project came from the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Warwickshire County Council and the Department for Transport (DfT), which contributed £4.9 million through its New Stations Fund.
Martin Frobisher, route managing director for Network Rail, said: “Kenilworth station is a fantastic addition to the rail network. It will provide local people with regular services to Coventry and Leamington Spa and connections with services across Britain.
“The station supports our Railway Upgrade Plan and is an example of how third-party investment can support economic growth while providing a better railway for passengers.”
An hourly service operated by West Midlands Railway will call at the station.
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