New Coventry railway station to close at peak-times

New train station at Ricoh Arena will close for an hour after rugby and football games

Due to health and safety fears, the new multi-million pound Coventry railway station, situated just outside the Ricoh Arena, will be closed on Wasps Rugby Club and Coventry City Football Club match days.

The decision has been made between Coventry City Council, London Midland train company, and managers at Ricoh Arena, amid fears that the limited services at the train station can not handle the swarms of fans that will descend on the station after the final whistle blows.

More than £13m has been invested by the Department for Transport, Coventry City Council and other interested organisations, into improving the transport systems in and between Coventry and Nuneaton. The new station at Ricoh Arena opened on Monday, January 18 this year, and is serviced hourly by a two-carriage train that can carry a maximum of 250 people.

New train station in Coventry to close at peak times

New train station at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry to close at peak times

Due to health and safety regulations, the station will be closed for an hour after the end of a football or rugby match or after any concerts that take place in the area. However, Wasps Rugby Club has said that they expect London Midland train company to try an increased service run on February 28, when a match between the home team and Harlequins will take place.

John McNicholas, transport councillor at Coventry City Council, commented: “Although the station at the Ricoh won’t be open directly after match or on major event days until Wasps, Coventry City Football Club or events sponsors charter trains, the new service will still provide lots of advantages for local people.”

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