Kenilworth Agreement Signed

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Warwickshire County Council and John Laing have this week signed a commitment to create a new railway station for Kenilworth.

Following a tendering process earlier in the year John Laing has been successfully appointed by the county council as Joint Promoter and Funder for a new station for Kenilworth. The wider project team includes Robert Watson Associates and Steer Davis Gleave.

John Laing will assist the county council in developing, funding and delivering the scheme and securing the long-term operation of the station.

Cllr Alan Cockburn, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “I’m delighted to see this week’s signing happen. The appointment of John Laing represents a milestone and will now see the county council and John Laing working together to further develop the business case for Kenilworth station. This includes discussions with the Department for Transport, train operating companies and Network Rail.”

John Laing has a great deal of experience and has previously worked with the county council to deliver the similar schemes of Coleshill Parkway and Warwick Parkway rail stations. It is hoped that Kenilworth station will be open by October 2012.

Andy Pearson, Head of Rail with John Laing, said: “We are pleased to see this project moving forward and to be involved in the delivery of a new station for Kenilworth and the surrounding communities. We have a great team in place and will be working with them to develop the station plans over the coming year.”

Kenilworth has a population of nearly 24,000 and since the closure of the old Kenilworth station in 1965 the population of the town has increased by 50%.

The initial business case forecast a total of 770 single trips per day using Kenilworth station with an estimated capital cost of £6.1m (2008 prices). The scheme is consistent with local and wider economic, regeneration and transport objectives.

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