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Midland Red
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901 of 918  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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902 of 918  Thu 2nd Nov 2017 1:51pm  
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Coventry Station masterplan Oh my
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Midland Red
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903 of 918  Fri 3rd Nov 2017 8:52am  
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Rowleys Green c.2001
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904 of 918  Fri 3rd Nov 2017 1:54pm  
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City of Coventry in full cry.
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Midland Red
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905 of 918  Wed 8th Nov 2017 4:06pm  
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TripAdvisor has been mentioned in another thread recently. Here are conflicting reviews about the Electric Railway Museum on Rowley Road. The latest review, seemingly made within the last few days, conveys a very different opinion from those shown immediately below it, those reviewers having enjoyed their visits and understood what the site was about, and its importance to railway heritage. It is very sad that the latest review comes some time after the museum actually closed its doors for the last time - in effect, the review serves little or no purpose other than to massage the ego of the writer.
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906 of 918  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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907 of 918  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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PeterB
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908 of 918  Fri 24th Nov 2017 12:12am  
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The draft post HS2 timetable has a half-hourly Birmingham-Coventry-Leamington (electric?) service and the Manchester-Reading Cross Country service that currently runs (non-stop) via Solihull diverted to run via Coventry and Birmingham International. There is also a desire to increase the number of freight trains. This is not currently possible with the single line sections either side of Kenilworth Loop. Even the Coventry-Leamington shuttle to be introduced in December (ish) could impact on timekeeping. Doubling the whole line gives the most capacity, but loses the ability for passenger trains to overtake slower freight trains at Kenilworth Loop. The loops at Leamington station are too short for most freight trains. The £2 million is only for a study to look at the options and see which one gives the "best value". This may not accommodate all the desired dervices. Peter.
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909 of 918  Fri 24th Nov 2017 11:14pm  
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Kenilworth News: Opening of Kenilworth Station with full service ‘severely in doubt’ The Track Access Agreement (London & Birmingham Railway) has not been approved yet. Monday 19th February is suggested as a possible start date. Originally planned for a class 153 (like the Coventry-Nuneaton service) it is now planned to use a 2/3 car class 172 unit (either London Overground or Snow Hill lines). Peter.
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910 of 918  Thu 30th Nov 2017 9:25am  
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Amazing. I've heard all sorts of reason/excuses about why the project is taking so long, work was abandoned for 12 months etc., and now they're trying to say that the different railway companies cannot agree on track access or timetabling; and so late in the day. This would never have happened when the railways were nationalised. The government is now talking of investing billions in a "reverse-Beeching" operation, to restore some of the lines and stations that were axed under Beeching in the sixties, in a typical balance-sheet-mentality short-term exercise that one would expect from MPs bless their cotton socks. Rail travel is now at an all time high. The network is strained. We went to Brum and back last Saturday and had to stand on both journeys. The London Midland train was like the Central line during rush hour. Roll eyes
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911 of 918  Sat 2nd Dec 2017 10:40pm  
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The Office of Rail and Road has published the 2016-17 station usage estimates (2015-16 figures in brackets) Bedworth 85,310 (83,086) Bermuda Park 20,106 (2,384)* Berkswell 317,164 (294,946) Birmingham New Street 42,366,776 (39,077,018) Birmingham International 6,468,034 (5,772,848) Canley 378,844 (327,550) Coventry 7,377,584 (6,921,432) Coventry Arena 86,706 (11,964)* Hampton-in-Arden 160,636 (144,692) Leamington Spa 2,553,868 (2,433,782) London Euston 44,059,402 (41,677,870) Nuneaton 1,286,020 (1,236,492) Rugby 2,447,026 (2,281,588) Tile Hill 664,282 (629,248) Wolverhampton 4,920,356 (4,746,338) *Station not open for full year All stations show an increase in usage. Coventry saw a 5% increase in passengers, continuing the trend for a number of years, and remains the second busiest station in the West Midlands. Canley had the largest increase at 15%, but I can't think of any reason to explain this. Coventry Arena is now busier than Bedworth and so should probably be considered a succcess. Bermuda Park seems to be doing quite well given its location. Birmingham New Street (+8%) remains the busiest station outside London and the 6th business nationally. Peter.
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912 of 918  Mon 4th Dec 2017 7:28pm  
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Kenilworth News: Kenilworth Station's opening delayed until February next year The delay to the opening of Kenilworth Station has finally been confirmed. The press release has much that could be questioned in it. I would be amazed if the station was "complete" given the state it was in 4 weeks ago, but I haven't been to look recently. Peter.
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913 of 918  Tue 5th Dec 2017 8:57am  
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Here we go again. More blame, excuses and passing the buck from councillors and government. Haven't they heard of planning ahead? It's not as if they haven't had bags of time to get it sorted. Par for the course. There were still workmen working people on site at 2000 hrs last night.
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Midland Red
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914 of 918  Tue 5th Dec 2017 9:22am  
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As I understood, it was not just about the building work, but also timetabling problems, solving pathing issues for the local services in between the Cross Country trains and freight
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PeterB
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915 of 918  Tue 5th Dec 2017 3:37pm  
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Kenilworth News: Kenilworth Station's opening delay 'not our fault', Department for Transport claims I think you're right Midland Red. There is still a lot that needs to be agreed/signed off before the service can start. If anything February is looking optimistic. The Class 172s from London Overground which would cut the Coventry-Leamington journey time by 3 minutes over a class 153 won't be available until Spring 2018. Peter.
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