WORK to build a new fire station at the Aston Martin site in Gaydon is under way.
The £760,000 project has been funded through a department for Communities and Local Government Transformation grant and will be home to one fire engine and 12 firefighters.
Working on peak demand – which means firefighters will be on site from 7am to 7pm – it is hoped the new station will not only serve Gaydon and the surrounding area, but also provide crews with a central base from which to deal with incidents on the M40.
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service chief fire officer Andy Hickmott was delighted work had started on the new station, which is being built with support from Aston Martin and Jaguar Land Rover.
He said: “The location is great for access to the south of the county and the pilot for a Gaydon response point has proven a real success.
“We know it will improve our resilience, increase community safety and ensure we have the right cover for when we need it the most.”
County community safety spokesman, Coun John Horner added: “A new station is great news for the community of Warwickshire. “It has been built to meet the current needs of the population and enhance our response in the south of the county.
“We have a duty to provide the best possible service to protect the community and I believe this new station will help us achieve that.”
The new station, which will have access to the B4100 and nearby M40, is expected to be completed in July.