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WSP to increase capacity at Coventry station

Coventry Station

WSP is designing a second station building to increase capacity at the grade II listed Coventry Railway Station.

Expansion is needed as the 1960s station has experienced the highest growth in rail passengers in the last five years outside London, with a further 100% growth anticipated by 2043.

The project, led by Coventry City Council, is being funded through a mix of external grant funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Local Growth Deal.

WSP said it was first appointed in 2013 to develop a masterplan to increase capacity at the station while still retaining its heritage. It has now been re-appointed to design the new station extension.

After developing a scheme design, the team will produce a detailed design for the station for construction.

WSP stations associate director Jaimal Mistry 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 has 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.”

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