Six new stations announced

A FURTHER six new stations will open in England and Wales over the next three years.

Five of the stations will benefit from the second phase of the Government’s New Stations Fund scheme.

The opening of Kenilworth station is planned for December and good progress is being made on the construction in this August 16 view, showing the steelwork for the new station building. FRASER PITHIE

Horden Peterlee in County Durham will receive £4.4million of DfT funding towards a scheme worth £10.55m and Warrington West in Cheshire gets £4.23m towards a total project cost of £17.2m, while Reading Green Park will receive £2.3m towards a total project cost of £16.5m.

Bow Street in Ceredigion, Wales has won £3.94m towards its £6.76m total, and Portway Parkway, near Bristol, will receive £1.672m of the £2.23m cost.

All five stations will open by March 2020.

Wales will also gain its first privately funded new station for many years, located at St Mellons on the Cardiff to Newport line.

The new facility is provisionally named Cardiff Parkway and is expected to cost £25m. It should open in February 2020.

Forecasts predict around 600,000 users each year by 2026.

The initial round of station funding has already delivered stations at Newcourt in Exeter, Lea Bridge in north-east London, Pye Corner in Newport, and Ilkeston in Derbyshire, with Kenilworth due to be follow later this year.

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