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coventry49
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886 of 969  Mon 9th Oct 2017 8:56pm  
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Thanks Peter B - it's a miracle the former site hadn't been built on and can still be in Station Road.
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887 of 969  Wed 11th Oct 2017 9:08am  
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On 9th Oct 2017 7:36pm, PeterB said: ... so there is no guarantee that the station will open and the service start on the 10th December.
I'm not putting any money on it. There's still loads of work to do on that site. It was supposed to be open last December, so it's already at least one year behind schedule. They started work ages ago, and seemed to be just clearing the site for many months, working on/under the ground, i.e. no visible building construction progress. Then they mysteriously abandoned the site for at least 6 months to a year (can't remember), and no work was done at all. I've heard all sorts of reasons, including "they ran out of money, the whole project has been scrapped indefinitely"; "the contractors went bust"; "they hit unexpected snags underground with natural waterways and old sewers"; "they had to abandon work as they found bats in the old buildings, and they're a protected species". The original plans and artist's impression proudly showed two platforms, and the line doubled (the bed is wide enough), but I note that the line is still singled.
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888 of 969  Wed 11th Oct 2017 9:12am  
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On 9th Oct 2017 8:56pm, coventry49 said: Thanks Peter B - it's a miracle the former site hadn't been built on and can still be in Station Road.
Actually, it had been built on, but only single storey/shed type buildings, as it was a builders' merchants for many years. I suspect it was relatively easy to move them out and demolish, but that had it been residential accommodation, that might have been very difficult. At one stage, the site for the new station was going to be in Piper's Lane, by the tip, but there are quite a few new houses and flats there.
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PeterB
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889 of 969  Fri 20th Oct 2017 6:25pm  
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From Kenilworth News: The opening of Kenilworth Station will still happen on Sunday December 10, despite rumours it could be delayed once again. Peter.
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PhilipInCoventry
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890 of 969  Fri 20th Oct 2017 8:37pm  
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Hi all Wave Thank you Peter for keeping us ofay with latest info. Just in case I am losing my mind & may need an ambulance, will someone else have a look at this, please? I have discovered that many local rail journeys, that are no change train journeys, appear to be the single fare price which includes the return journey, in other words half price. I have looked on two ticket web sites which confirm. For example, with my senior railcard, £2.50 is the cost of my return from the Ricoh to Nuneaton, then £7.15 on any train to Birmingham return. If I try & buy a combined journey return ticket from the Ricoh to Birmingham via Nuneaton, the total cost is more than double. The conductor on the train told me that. The reason for my journey outside the West Midlands area is because of meeting with friends, so I have not totally lost my mind on that. Besides it makes a change to travel past Old Arley & Shustoke.

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PeterB
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891 of 969  Fri 20th Oct 2017 9:50pm  
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Philip, Welcome to the wonderful world of railway ticketing. All the fares from the Ricoh (Coventry Arena) to Birmingham are routed "Via Coventry". Therefore, as you found, you need to buy two tickets. The national rail ticketing software only seems able to sell combinations of single tickets in these circumstances. National Rail is showing the single fare, with railcard, as £9.45 (£2.40 Arena-Nuneaton + £7.05 Nuneaton-Birmingham) so the official return fare is £18.90, slightly less than twice what you paid. When cheap off-peak fares were introduced, there were initially only on return tickets. On several journeys the off-peak discount was more than 50% so the off peak return was less than the (anytime) single fare. This resulted in people making off peak single journeys being sold return tickets. While saving money, they thought they were being conned, as they were only using half the ticket. This lead to the introduction of Off-Peak single tickets at 10p less than the return fare. There is a route "Any Permitted" fare from Coventry Arena to Coleshill Parkway of £12.90 (£8.50 with Railcard) which would allow you to travel out via Nuneaton and back via Birmingham/Coventry. There is also a cheaper "via Nuneaton" ticket which won't be valid via Birmingham. The train has to stop at Coleshill Parkway, but they all do. For some mad reason there is a Coventry Arena to Nuneaton via Birmingham fare! Regards, Peter. (if you think you understand railway ticketing, you've misunderstood the question).
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PhilipInCoventry
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892 of 969  Sat 21st Oct 2017 10:49am  
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Hi Peter & thank you Wave Pam was going to ring for an ambulance for me, but I am comfortable following on from a bowl of porridge. A party of ladies from Bedworth & Nuneaton are travelling to Birmingham for a shopping treat on Monday & are delighted with their, in effect, half-fare cost travelling, even after a decade of complaining that they do not get free bus-pass local rail travel like those of us who are resident in the West Midlands conurbation. Obviously, the West Midlands bus-pass rail freebee is just a perk & could be withdrawn at anytime, but I have at least enjoyed a decade of free local rail travel. For anyone outside the West Midlands the bus-rail-tram daytripper does the same as the bus pass. If I am freewheeling, in other words just out for a pleasant day, a scenario might be for the just past ten stopper to New St from Coventry, coffee 'n' muffin break, tram to either Jewellery Quarter or The Hawthorns, so as to exchange on to the Snow Hill/Moor St. line, then, it's anyone's guess whether I travel west towards Stourbridge or east towards Dorridge. Then a choice of either train or bus routes back home. Whilst all of that is free travel, it's not unknown for me to buy a bolt-on ticket on a train & continue out of the West Midlands in any direction. I have my own what I call good or bad weather routes, but as I sometimes reply to passengers, if the roof doesn't leak we will be ok. I am well overdue a trip with one of my forum friends who does now live further afield, so I am mindful of that, but you know how to contact me if you do fancy a trip time. The problem for me is I am over hooked with my volunteering work at present, but that maybe coming to an end or at least slimming down substantially very soon. My friend & I have enjoyed some really good trip times, we went to Crewe once, not for trainspotting I might add, we went for fish & chips where I was introduced to it served with curry sauce. I don't have it any other way now!! We have had high tea here & there, & solved a few Agatha Christie crimes in passing. Wave ps. Even during wintertime, if the weather is fair, sat in a sun trap out of the way of anyone else, this for me is a feast. This was from a chippy just fifty yards from Dorridge station.
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893 of 969  Tue 24th Oct 2017 10:11pm  
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(near Daimler Road) The Rail Adhesion ("Sandite") Train has been operating every day this month between Nuneaton and Coventry. It sprays an adhesive sand mixture onto the rails to improve grip during the leaf fall season. It arrives Coventry Yard at 09:15 and departs back for Nuneaton at 10:04. Despite this: "Passengers terrified as Coventry train 'overshoots station' - because of wrong kind of leaves" (Coventry Telegraph). The incident was yesterday (23rd October) and the train left Bedworth 18 minutes late. Peter.
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894 of 969  Sun 29th Oct 2017 9:48pm  
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I went to have a look at Kenilworth station today as the line was closed for engineering work. The main work being done was relaying the single track adjacent to the new platform. There is also a new "loop entry" signal just visible under the new footbridge. This will working tomorrow as the track has been relayed across the site of its predecessor. The station building is a windowless shell, there are temporary doors on the lifts on the new footbridge and the whole site is still waiting for tarmac to be applied. With only six weeks until 10th December, the opening date is looking very optimistic. Peter.
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Midland Red
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895 of 969  Mon 30th Oct 2017 8:19pm  
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Thanks for the information, Peter I do wonder why this project was actually conceived and what use the station will be Oh my
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896 of 969  Thu 2nd Nov 2017 1:51pm  
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Coventry Station masterplan Oh my
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897 of 969  Fri 3rd Nov 2017 8:52am  
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Rowleys Green c.2001
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898 of 969  Fri 3rd Nov 2017 1:54pm  
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City of Coventry in full cry.
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Slim
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899 of 969  Sat 18th Nov 2017 5:40pm  
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On 30th Oct 2017 8:19pm, Midland Red said: Thanks for the information, Peter I do wonder why this project was actually conceived and what use the station will be Oh my
I had a butcher's at Kenilworth station earlier today. The track has been slewed so that it now meets the one and only platform which is on the side of the line by the new station building. Tons of ballast have been dropped in preparation for the second track which has yet to appear. And there's no sign yet of the second platform. I can't see the station being ready for the winter solstice, let alone the 10th December 2017. The project is already at least a year late. But then Kenilworth is only a one-horse town! Lol
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900 of 969  Thu 23rd Nov 2017 10:35pm  
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From yesterday's budget: . . . the government will provide £2 million to develop options to address key constraints on the Coventry – Leamington Rail Corridor Any ideas what this is for?
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