PLANS for the multi-million pound upgrade to the railway line between Nuneaton and Coventry have taken another step forward as a planning application is submitted to the borough’s local authority.
A planning application has been submitted to Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council for a new railway station at Bermuda Park.
The application was submitted on behalf of Warwickshire County Council and covers the provision of a new station, including two platforms, waiting shelters, stairs and ramps, ticket machine, CCTV, cycle parking and 30 car park spaces.
Bermuda Park rail station is part of the highly anticipated Coventry to Nuneaton Rail Upgrade scheme, known locally as NUCKLE.
The £19.2 million scheme also includes a new rail station at the Ricoh Arena, based on the outskirts of Bedworth, which has already been approved by Coventry City Council.
It is expected that train frequencies between Coventry and Nuneaton will be increased so that there is a train every 30 minutes.
Ralph Atkins, the applicant’s agent, said: “Atkins has been instructed on behalf of Warwickshire County Council to prepare a planning application for a new passenger railway station on the Coventry-Nuneaton railway line at Bermuda Park, Nuneaton.
“Atkins is acting as planning agent during the planning application process.”
Mr Atkins continued: “The overall trend in the numbers of rail passengers in Coventry and Warwickshire is one of sustained growth with rail travel becoming increasingly important.
“Commuting and business travel to the West Midlands conurbation and Coventry form a substantial element of rail travel in the county for people from a wide range of socio-economic groups.
“Rail journeys for retail, leisure and social activities continue to grow.
“The proposed development is intended to facilitate travel to and from Bermuda Park using sustainable public transport, linking this locality to the region’s other major urban areas and beyond in order to assist economic development.
“The development would, it is anticipated, reduce congestion on the local highway network, leading to net reductions in pollution and disturbance/nuisance currently associated with high levels of private car use.”
A decision on the application is expected by December 24.