It cost the Coventry tax payer nearly £14million, but finally it appears Coventry Arena Station is set to be put to good use.
The new station, situated between the Ricoh Arena and the Arena Shopping Park, opened in January 2016 and has caused controversy from the start. London Midland, who operate trains on the line between Coventry and Nuneaton, announced prior to the grand opening that sports fans would not be able to use the new station.
Coventry City Football Club and Wasps Rugby Club both play their home fixtures at the Ricoh Arena and the new station would have been ideal for fans coming from far and wide to watch their team play, but London Midland confirmed the station would be closed for an hour before and after major events at the Arena, including concerts and major conventions. The company claim this is due to safety issues and a lack of train services, with only 75 seats available on an hourly service on the line.
Today, London Midland announced the introduction of special services for Wasps games, which would see a 6 carriage train run between Coventry and Nuneaton before and after Wasps next 2 home games, against Harlequins and Leicester. Reports suggest this is a trial period for the service and if the service proves to be a success, sports fans may be able to use the station after all.