The country’s most senior civil engineer paid a visit to Stratford Parkway to see at first hand the progress of the £6.9 million railway station construction project.
Barry Clarke, the President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, was given a tour of the site and spoke at length to officers from Warwickshire County Council and contractors about the work.
After the visit Mr Clarke said he learned how local authorities can take a leading role in developing rail infrastructure and the need to work closely with Network Rail and rail operating companies.
The Institution of Civil Engineers is a worldwide organisation with over 82,000 members and a presence in over 160 countries. It was founded in 1818 and Barry Clarke is the 148th President in a list of eminent civil engineers. The purpose of the Institution is to qualify professional engineers, to exchange knowledge and best practice and to promote the contribution of civil engineering to society.
John Harvey, Warwickshire County Council’s project manager for the scheme, told Mr Clarke that the station building is currently on schedule for completion in May.
He said: “It was an honour to receive a visit from the most senior engineer in the country so that he could hear about the many excellent schemes which have been completed in Warwickshire and see for himself the progress being made on our flagship Stratford Parkway station project.
“The Parkway scheme demonstrates Warwickshire’s commitment to sustainable transport and will provide another link in expanding railway infrastructure in the county.”
The platforms have now been built and this Spring a steel footbridge will be installed and the station forecourt will be completed. The Parkway station is part of the Stratford-upon-Avon Local Sustainable Transport Project which is forecast to attract 114,000 new rail trips per year to both the new and the existing town station by 2024/2025.