New look Coventry Station unveiled
On 23 March, Coventry Railway Station opened following a £82million transformation which will deliver a step change in the experience for travellers.
The major project has delivered a purpose-built new look station building featuring:
- A footbridge to reach platforms one to four which is connected to the new multi-storey 629-space car park.
- Greatly improved station access, including a new secure cycle hub, electric vehicle charging points and a direct access tunnel to a new transport interchange.
- A concourse area with five retail units, waiting rooms and toilets.
- A “Welcome to Coventry” sign from local artists Charis Esther and Luisa Freitas which has involved dozens of community groups, charities, and schools.
- A new pedestrian boulevard and an information pod to help visitors arriving in the city.
- A vehicle drop-off area for passengers and 20 minutes free parking in the new multi-storey car park to pick-up passengers.
Avanti West Coast has worked in partnership with Coventry City Council, Network Rail, and other rail operators, Transport for West Midlands, Friargate JV Project Ltd and other stakeholders on the regeneration programme.
Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands and chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority, said: “It is great to see the railway station open after all the hard work which has gone into its development. It is a fitting gateway for the city, and I am pleased we have been able to play our part in making it happen.”
Natasha Grice, Executive Director Stations at Avanti West Coast, said: “The new look station will transform the experience of customers heading to the city by rail. I’ve been watching excitedly as the new station has taken shape and I can’t wait to see the reaction of our passengers when they arrive at Coventry as we look forward to welcoming more visitors to the city in the coming months.”
You can find the full press release and aerial footage of the new facility here.