Coventry Arena railway station
|Managed by||West Midlands Railway|
|Transit authority||Transport for West Midlands|
|18 January 2016||Opened|
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail & Road
Coventry Arena railway station is a railway station on the Coventry-Nuneaton Line. Located to the north of Coventry, England, it serves the adjacent Coventry Arena, for which it is named. It was opened on 18 January 2016, along with Bermuda Park station after considerable delays.
Although the station was intended to serve the adjacent arena, it was announced in August 2015 that the station would be closed for one hour preceding and following football matches, rugby matches and concerts on safety grounds as there was insufficient rolling stock to run the services necessary for spectators: while six-carriage trains could be chartered to run every half-an-hour during weekends, the fares generated would not cover the chartering cost.
No previous station has existed at this site. However, the former Longford & Exhall station, which closed in 1949, was situated around 1⁄2 mile (800 m) to the north.
Funding for the new station was approved in December 2011. However, a number of setbacks meant that construction did not begin until October 2014 with services projected to start in June 2015, although this was later pushed back several times. The station opened together with Bermuda Park station in Nuneaton on 18 January 2016.
One train per hour calls in each direction Mondays to Saturdays throughout the day, with southbound trains continuing to Kenilworth and Leamington Spa. Sunday services do not start running until just before noon, but then run on the same frequency as on weekdays thereafter until end of service (but to Coventry only southbound).
In September 2015 it was revealed that Coventry City Council were looking into the possibility of using converted London Underground D78 Stock to run extra services on match days, although this did not happen.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|West Midlands Railway|
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