Calls for trains to run to Warwick University - The Leamington Observer

Calls for trains to run to Warwick University

Laura Kearns 21st May, 2018   0

CALLS have been made for trains to run to Warwick University hot on the heels of Kenilworth station being opened.

Green party co-leader MP Caroline Lucas recently visited the campus to back calls for a Warwick University railway station.

She said money was being wasted on developing the nearby A46 when there was the potential for thousands of staff and students to catch a train to the university on a daily basis.

The party wants a train to stop where the Leamington to Coventry line crosses Gibbet Hill Road – which is around half a mile from the campus.

The MP – who joined local green party campaigners at the university – said: “Tinkering around at the edges by doing things like moving car parks to the edge of campus is not enough. Now Kenilworth station is open the university and council should be pushing for a university station on the same line.

“Instead the council are spending £33million making changes to the nearby A46 junction – already up 30 per cent on original costs. There’s further plans for an A46 link road which would cost £150million.

“The cash is there, but we need the political will and long term thinking if we’re going to have transport solutions fit for the 21st century rather than concrete in the mistakes of the past.”

Her plans were supported by local campaigner Martin Luckhurst.

He said: “A university station would significantly cut travel time for thousands of students and staff currently stuck in jams or on overcrowded buses.

“From a new station a shuttle could run the few minutes down the road to main campus.”

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