Feasibility study backs Galley Common railway station

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 business case has suggested a BCR of 1:3.43.

The study found that a new Galley Common/Stockingford station would bring considerable business and environmental benefits to the area. It would be located on the Nuneaton to Birmingham line.

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. Total passenger journeys per annum are estimated to be 56,339 by 2023 and 166,611 by 2046

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.

The timescales for opening are constrained by capacity issues on the route and the lack of rolling stock. If further investment is supported, the GRIP3 would occur by 2020/21. The station is currently estimates to cost £11.4m at 2016 prices.

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