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Coleshill Parkway open for business this autumn (29/03/2007)

29 March 2007
Coleshill Parkway open for business this autumn

Work is back on track at the multi-million pound Coleshill Parkway transport scheme, with an official grand opening planned for October of this year.

It was initially planned that the scheme, which commenced in March 2006, would open this spring, but fill material used to construct ramps to the new road bridge will have to be replaced as testing has shown that it does not meet requirements. This means that the scheme will be ready for the public to use about 16 weeks late.

The ambitious multi-million pound transport scheme for Coleshill will see a new railway station and transport interchange built to serve the town.

The Coleshill Parkway Transport Interchange comprises a new railway station and car park at Coleshill/Hams Hall, a rail/bus/pedestrian/cycle/car interchange and an adjoining new bridge at Station Road, Coleshill, for pedestrians, cyclists and buses crossing the Birmingham-Nuneaton rail line.

The scheme is co-funded by the Department for Transport, Warwickshire County Council, John Laing, and developer contributions secured by North Warwickshire Borough Council. Carillion Rail is carrying out the construction works.

Cllr Martin Heatley, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “We are of course disappointed with the delay, but thanks to our close working with partners we are getting back on track and looking ahead to the opening of the scheme.”

Andy Pearson, Director of Rail Projects at John Laing, added: “Coleshill Parkway will provide commuters, residents, employees of Hams Hall and users of Birmingham International Airport with a convenient alternative access to rail travel. We are working closely with Carillion to ensure the new works are delivered as soon as possible and look forward to opening the station in late summer.”

The railway station will provide a new two-platform stop for trains on the Birmingham to Nuneaton railway line. Associated facilities include a car park with priority disabled parking, cycle facilities, ticket office and a pedestrian footbridge.

For more information contact Lee White, Special Transport Projects Sponsor on 01926 735671 or Christine Jones, Communications Manager for John Laing on 0207 901 3200.

Note to editors:

· The Scheme is consistent with the Warwickshire Local Transport Plan (LTP) strategies (i) to improve facilities for pedestrians, (ii) to improve facilities for cyclists, (iii) to develop a high quality public transport system which is integrated with other forms of transport, (iv) to provide more travel choices, (v) to reduce the impact of traffic on environmentally sensitive areas, (vi) to reduce the impact of traffic on health, (vii) to design transport infrastructure to be sensitive to its surroundings while still being effective and (viii) to improve facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users.

· The Scheme will contribute to delivering the LTP Outcome Targets (i) to avoid congestion increasing journey times by more than 50% between 1999 and 2011, (ii) to achieve the same proportion of journeys undertaken by walking in 2006 as in 1999, (iii) to ensure than the specified minimum levels of public transport are provided, (iv) to increase the number of journeys by rail to, from and within Warwickshire by 15% by 2006 and by 25% by 2011 and (v) to increase the number of journeys by rail from Warwickshire to the West Midlands Conurbation by 20% by 2006 and by 35% by 2011. (‘Objectives & Targets’ Warwickshire LTP 2000 Page 162)

· The Scheme will contribute to delivering the LTP Input Targets (i) to install cycle parking facilities at all major public transport interchanges by 2006 and (ii) to open a new station at Colehill/Hams Hall by 2006. (‘Objectives & Targets’ Warwickshire LTP 2000 Page 162)

· The Scheme will deliver the LTP objectives (i) to promote a fairer, more inclusive society by improving accessibility, (ii) to provide full employment and a strong economy by minimising congestion and maintaining journey times, (iii) to reduce the impact of transport on the environment and (iv) to improve the environment of people while travelling (‘The Core Strategies’ Warwickshire LTP 2000 Page 18)

· The Scheme will contribute to the delivery of the Government’s 10 Year Plan targets (i) to reduce road congestion, (ii) to increase rail use, (iii) to increase bus use, (iv) to increase the number of cycle trips and (v) to increase the proportion of households in rural areas within ten minutes walk of an hourly bus service.