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WSP to help Coventry Station meet massive growth in passenger demand

The Birmingham office of global professional consultancy WSP is developing options to improve capacity at the 1960’s Grade II Listed Coventry Railway Station through a second station building and supporting infrastructure to improve the city’s connectivity with the rest of the UK and accommodate future capacity growth. The station has experienced the highest growth in rail passengers in the last five years outside of London – and a further growth of 100% is anticipated by 2043 – making it one of the busiest stations on the West Coast Mainline, after London and Birmingham New Street.

Coventry City Council is the lead promoter for the project, which is being funded through a mix of external grant funding from the DfT and the Local Growth Deal.

WSP had first been appointed by the City Council in 2013 to develop a masterplan to increase capacity at Coventry Railway Station, while preserving its heritage. With this re-appointment, the team of engineers and environmental consultants are now taking the vision for the masterplan one step further to its completion by developing the best option for an enhanced design that will build capacity and improve comfort and convenience for passengers, while also advising the client on the listed building and planning consent process.

This latest stage is to produce a concept scheme design, which will allow the team to produce the final detailed design for the station ready for construction.

Jaimal Mistry, Stations Associate Director at WSP, said: “We will deploy the same fantastic team that worked on feasibility for this latest phase of the project. This team has an inherent knowledge and understanding of the details and nuances of the site and associated designs, and have developed a close working relationship with the client team, the programme managers, and key stakeholders. Our understanding of the stakeholder environment and design to date means we can hit the ground running, and are already ahead of the learning curve. This will allow for a smooth seamless transition from feasibility into scheme design.”

WSP is experienced in providing specialist advice on transportation interchanges, intermodal infrastructure and transit orientated developments, stations and public transport projects for various public and private sector clients nationally and internationally, including London Bridge Station and Bond Street Station. WSP has also recently been appointed by Calderdale Council to take forward plans to deliver the Halifax Station Gateway.

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