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New station development – Kenilworth Station


Scheme: A new station is being built in Kenilworth to provide a much-needed rail service for the town's 25,000 population. It will be on the site of the old Kenilworth station (closed in 1965) and will be served initially by an hourly diesel shuttle service running between Leamington Spa and Coventry. It is anticipated that a direct electric service to Birmingham will be added in the future.
Client: Warwickshire County Council
Working Partners: Warwickshire County Council, Coventry and Warwickshire LEP, Network Rail, London Midland, Department for Transport, Graham Construction
Scheme Cost : £12.1m


SLC Rail is supporting Warwickshire County Council throughout the development and delivery of Kenilworth Station. To date we have managed the process through stages 1-4 of the Network Rail GRIP process, including procurement of design and build contractors.

Developing the scheme and securing funding

SLC Rail supported Warwickshire County Council throughout the development of the case for Kenilworth Station through to Stage 3 of the Network Rail GRIP process, including the preparation of the council's New Stations Fund bid which resulted in its formal acceptance and £5m contribution to its funding.

  • Preparing the financial and economic business case.
  • Planning the train service and passenger timetable.
  • Developing the station design.
  • Developing track and signalling designs.
  • Working with Network Rail and the prospective service operator, London Midland.
  • Ensuring the station aligns with the Department for Transport's strategic plans.

Thereafter we managed the scheme to the end of GRIP Stage 4, with outline designs accepted by Network Rail. This included:

  • Negotiating rail industry agreements relating to the train service timetable and the trains that will operate the service.
  • Negotiating enabling agreements and contracts to support development, design and construction of the infrastructure, including surveys, demolition and site clearance.
  • Management of the design including obtaining third party consents.
  • Procuring a contractor to undertake detailed design and construction (GRIP Stages 5 to 8).
  • Achieving Network Change establishment without any objections, through advance consultation with operators.

Ongoing activity

During the scheme delivery, experienced rail project managers from SLC Rail will manage the day to day details of the project on behalf of Warwickshire County Council. The project includes:

  • Clearing the site
  • Construction of the new station building, platforms, foot bridge and car park
  • Signalling changes

On-site activity began in June 2016 with initial setup by the contractors.

Client feedback

"The rail knowledge and expertise of the SLC team was critical to the success of the bid to the New Stations Fund for Kenilworth Station and I look forward to the opening of the new station as our in-house team and SLC Rail continue to work closely together to progress the project to completion."

Cllr Peter Butlin, Transport and Planning Portfolio Holder, Warwickshire County Council

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