EXCITEMENT is growing in Kenilworth as ‘huge steps’ are taken towards the completion of its new £12million railway station.
Earlier this month a ‘major milestone’ was reached with the installation of the new footbridge and lift shafts..
The work included closing the track and using a 500tonne crane to fit the bridge over a number of night shifts.
Warwickshire County Council says the completion of the work signals a ‘major success’ in the project.
Environment spokesman coun Jeff Clarke said: “Excitement is growing in Kenilworth as we are now seeing visible signs of the station after months of preparatory work.
“Having the bridge in is a real landmark and a visible sign that the station is on its way.”
The council have also praised company Graham Construction for their considerate work in the community – which they recently won an award for.
It included working with Kenilworth schoolchildren to design posters showing what the new station will mean to them. These are now displayed outside the current building site.
They have also been recognised for good eco-friendly practices, including recycling nearly 100 per cent of waste.
Coun Clarke added: “With a scheme the size of Kenilworth Rail Station, there is inevitably going to be some disruption for the local community. I am pleased Graham Construction have taken their responsibility to the community very seriously and that they have matched the county council’s determination that the community is involved and informed throughout the process of construction.”
The multi-million Kenilworth Station project is being funded by the Department for Transport, Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Warwickshire County Council.
It is part of a major rail enhancement scheme designed to encourage economic regeneration between Nuneaton and Leamington.