Coventry to Leamington Line

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Coventry to Leamington Line
Site of former Kenilworth railway station in 2005.jpg
Overview
System National Rail
Status Operational
Locale West Midlands (region)
Termini Coventry
Leamington Spa
Operation
Opening 1851
Owner Network Rail
Operator(s) CrossCountry
Rolling stock Class 220
Class 221
Technical
No. of tracks 1-2
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Coventry to Leamington line
Coventry to Nuneaton Line
Rugby–Birmingham–Stafford Line
Berkswell
Coventry
Planned crossover (2013–14)
Kenilworth Jct
Kenilworth
UK road A452.PNG
Warwick (Milverton)
Present crossover
Leamington to Rugby Line
Leamington Spa Avenue
Leamington Spa General
Chiltern Main Line

The Coventry to Leamington Line is a railway line linking the city of Coventry with the town of Leamington Spa. The line was opened in 1844 by the London and Birmingham Railway, initially only as far as Milverton. The line was extended to Leamington Spa Avenue in 1851. A connecting line to Berkswell opened in 1884.

Late in the 19th century most of the route was doubled to increase capacity. Only a small section just outside Kenilworth, at Gibbet Hill, remained single track.

Stations[edit]

The line currently serves two stations: Leamington Spa and Coventry with CrossCountry services. Formerly there were two more railway stations along the route, both of which were closed in 1965 as a result of Reshaping of British Railways report.

  • Leamington Spa (Milverton) for Warwick
    The station building was demolished some time after closure. The site remains unoccupied, but it is unlikely to be re-opened owing to its proximity to the main town station.
  • Kenilworth
    The station building was demolished some time after closure. There is a proposal to rebuild and re-open it.

Electrification proposal[edit]

In 1977 the Parliamentary Select Committee on Nationalised Industries recommended considering electrification of more of Britain's rail network, and by 1979 BR presented a range of options to electrifying numerous routes by 2000.[1] Some of these options included the Coventry to Leamington line as part of a scheme to electrify the Cherwell Valley Line and the Banbury — Birmingham section of what is now the Chiltern Main Line.[2] Under the 1979–90 Conservative governments that succeeded the 1976–79 Labour government the proposal was not implemented.

The line today[edit]

Today most of the line is single track which limits the number of services using it. What remains of double track includes a passing loop at Kenilworth, and the lines out from Coventry and Leamington Spa to Gibbet Hill Junction and Milverton respectively, the former being extended back from Park Junction (now removed) on 29 August 2007 by 1.75 miles (2.8 km).

One particular point of interest is that the stonework of the original Kenilworth station survives at the town end of Station Road having been re-erected there in 1884 for use as a cafe.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anonymous 1979, pp. 0–2.
  2. ^ Anonymous 1979, p. 8.