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|Coventry to Nuneaton Line|
Bedworth railway station.
|Type||Commuter rail, Rail freight|
West Midlands (region)
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
|Coventry to Nuneaton Line|
The Coventry to Nuneaton Line is a railway line linking Coventry and Nuneaton in the West Midlands of England. The line has a passenger service. Currently an hourly shuttle service between Coventry and Nuneaton. It is also used by through freight trains, and freight trains serving facilities on the route.
The route currently serves Nuneaton, Bedworth, Bedworth Murco Oil Terminal, Prologis Park Industrial Estate and Coventry. However, the line used to also serve many smaller stations and now closed goods yards. The branch from Three Spires Junction to the former Humber Road Junction (on the WCML to Rugby via Bell Green has been totally lifted and almost nothing remains, part of the track bed has been turned into the A444 road, Phoenix Way.
The only intermediate station on the route currently is Bedworth. On 14 December 2011, the UK Government announced an £18.8 million project to upgrade the line. New stations will be built at the Ricoh Arena and Bermuda Park while the platforms at Bedworth will be lengthened, the service frequency will also be upgraded from hourly to half hourly.
On 26 January 1857, 23 of the 28 arches of the Spon End viaduct collapsed. This meant trains travelling south terminated at Coundon Road while the viaduct was rebuilt. This took 3 and a half years to complete and services to Coventry were restored on 1 October 1860.
The line originally had intermediate stations at Coundon Road, Foleshill, Longford and Exhall, Hawkesbury Lane, Bedworth and Chilvers Coton. In 1917, Daimler Halt was opened between Coundon Road and Foleshill. But this was a private halt for the use of workers at the adjacent Daimler factory, and was not accessible to the general public. There were also various branches and sidings running from the line to serve local coal mines and factories, the longest of which was the 'Coventry Loop Line' (see below)
The little used Longford and Exhall station was closed in 1949. All passenger services on the line (and those on the Coventry to Leamington Line) were withdrawn 18 January 1965 as a consequence of The Reshaping of British Railways report, and all of the intermediate stations were closed. Passenger services were reintroduced on 11 May 1987 under the Speller Act. Initially there were no intermediate stations on the re-opened line until 16 May 1988 when the rebuilt Bedworth station was opened.
Coventry Loop Line
The Coventry Loop Line was a freight only branch which ran from Three Spires Junction on the Coventry-Nuneaton Line to Humber Road Junction on the Coventry-Rugby Line. It had two goods stations at Bell Green and Gosford Green, as well as a number of sidings serving local industries, but never had any scheduled passenger service. The line was built so freight trains could avoid running through Coventry station, and was first opened in 1914.
Humber Road Junction was closed in 1963, after goods traffic dwindled, and so the branch became a long siding from Three Spires junction. The last traffic to the Chrysler factory ended in 1981, and the rest of the branch closed in September that year. The track was lifted in 1982. Much of the former trackbed of the line has since been built over as a by-pass.
The line runs near to the Ricoh Arena football stadium on the northern edge of Coventry. Funding for two new stations, Coventry Arena and Bermuda Park, was approved in December 2011. New plans will also see the number of carriages increased from 1 to 3 and the service upgraded to half hourly, a new platform built at Coventry station and also future extensions of the line to Kenilworth and Leamington Spa.
- "Coventry to Nuneaton rail upgrade given go ahead". BBC. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
- "Coventry to Nuneaton rail upgrade approved". Coventry City Council. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
- Hurst, Geoffrey (1993). LNWR Branch Lines of West Leicestershire & East Warwickshire (First ed.). Milepost Publications. ISBN 0-947796-16-9 [Amazon-US | Amazon-UK].
- "LMS Route: Coventry Loop Line". Warwickshire Railways.com. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
- Galland, Paul (2 March 2009). "NUCKLE Phase 1 - Nuneaton to Coventry Rail Line upgrade" (PDF). Warwickshire County Council. Retrieved 31 May 2009.