A new railway station in West Nuneaton has moved a step closer to reality after a feasibility study by Warwickshire County Council revealed a positive business case for the project.
The study found that a new Galley Common/Stockingford station would bring considerable business and environmental benefits to the area.
The station, which could open as early as 2023, would significantly ease road congestion in the area, resulting in an estimated saving of 520,000 road vehicle kilometres/year by 2023, rising to 1.5 million kilometres/year by 2029.
A former station, known as Stockingford, was located in the area, adjacent to the Whittleford Road overbridge, before closing in March 1968. The new station would consist of northbound and southbound platforms linked by a footbridge; pedestrian and cycle links to Kingswood Road and Whittleford Road and a car park.
Having been warmly welcomed by members of the County Council’s Communities Overview & Scrutiny Committee, the scheme will now go forward to a future meeting of CAbinet.
Councillor Philip Johnson, chairman of the Communities Overview & Scrutiny Committee said:
“A new station in west Nuneaton will have a really positive impact on that part of the town. It would increase connectivity by providing access to important destinations such as Birmingham, Coventry and further afield which is essential for ongoing development of the local economy.”
Councillor Peter Butlin, portfolio holder for Transport and Planning, added:
“This is excellent news for west Nuneaton and the town as a whole. A new station would bring huge benefits to the town and its community both in business and environmental terms.”