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Coventry pins stadium hopes on transport case

OVER 20,000 rail passengers would get to Coventry's proposed Phoenix national stadium within two hours, an independent report claimed this week.

The report, by consultant Babtie, looks at proposals to improve transport links to the proposed stadium. It says that the planned £18.6M spending on the rail network around Coventry would significantly improve rail passenger capacity.

Babtie's report criticises the transport strategy of the Birmingham bid for the national stadium, as the rail line linking the site already runs close to capacity and has no second rail corridor. Coventry offers this option via Nuneaton.

Wembley National Stadium Ltd claims that 70,000 spectators an hour could get to London's proposed national stadium by three tube stations and two main line services.

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