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New rail stations open as part of £13.6m investment

A London Midland train at Tile Hill train station in Coventry Photo: Joe Giddens / PA Archive/PA Images

Two new rail stations have opened this morning in the West Midlands.

The New Bermuda Park and Coventry Arena stations are part of a £13.6m investment to improve rail services between Coventry and Nuneaton.

This is the first part of a plan to develop the route from Nuneaton to Coventry as well as the route from Coventry to Leamington Spa.

Later work will include a new platform at Coventry to increase the frequency of services as well as a new station at Kenilworth.

A London Midland train at Tile Hill train station in Coventry Credit: Joe Giddens / PA Archive/PA Images

The investment will give better rail access to jobs, retail, leisure and education across Warwickshire and Coventry while reducing road congestion.

It's taken a while, certainly longer than we had hoped for, but finally the stations will be open and I'm delighted about that.

Although the station at the Ricoh won't be open directly after match or on match days until Wasps, Coventry City Football Club or events sponsors charter trains, the new service will still provide lots of advantages for local people.

– Cllr John McNicholas, Lead Member for Transport
General view of Coventry City's Ricoh Arena Credit: PA Wire / PA Archive/PA Images

The Coventry-Nuneaton upgrade is being delivered by Coventry City Council, Centro and Warwickshire County Council.

It is funded by three partners, the Department for Transport (DfT) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Bermuda Park will be the 150th station to join the London Midland Network. The station will have 30 free car parking spaces and Coventry Arena will have 80 car parking spaces.