Coventry railway station is situated about 250 yards to the south of junction 6 of the inner ring road in the city of Coventry, West Midlands, England. The rail track is on the Birmingham loop of the West Coast Main Line, and forms a junction where lines to Nuneaton and to Oxford, Reading and the south coast, join the southbound WCML towards London. The station has the PlusBus scheme where train and bus tickets can be bought together at a saving.

History
The original station was built in 1838 as part of the London and Birmingham Railway and could be entered from Warwick road, where two flights of stairs took the passengers down to the platform. Within two years it had been replaced, with a new larger station, a few hundred feet nearer to Rugby, this time, accessed via Eaton road. In the late 1800s the Coventry Tram network extended to the station at Eaton Road. The original station remained in service as the station masters offices, until the station was redeveloped in the early 1960s. The new 1840 station saw a significant number of modifications and extensions over the years, there was an engine shed, water column and turntable, in its later days an inclined walkway from the platform directly to Warwick road for summer excursions, and a parcel depot formed from old carriages. However, The station was constrained by bridges at either end of the station, Stoney Road Bridge to the south, and Warwick road bridge to the north. The bridges effectively restricted the station to two lines, and prevented the platforms from being extended. In the early 1960s both bridges were widened, and the old station finally demolished and re-built, this time with room for four platforms instead of two. At the time it was demolished in 1960, some parts of the old station were 120 years old. The present station with its four platforms was completed in 1962 and is now a Grade-II listed building. The new station featured a new parcel depot, used to manage the large number of mail order catalogue packages coming in to Coventry at the time. The depot was serviced by its own platforms from the rugby end. The Depot has now been replaced by a multi-story car park, although some of the platforms and an electrification gantry remain. Coventry Station is of note in that it once had automatic ticket barriers but Virgin Trains removed them in 2008.

Services
The station is served by CrossCountry, London Midland and Virgin Trains. In the past, it has also been served by Silverlink, but these routes were transferred to Central Trains in 2004. Central Trains and Virgin Cross Country services were respectively transferred to London Midland and CrossCountry in 2007. There is a small yard at the Birmingham end of the station, in front of the shopping centre that was once part of Coventry's yard, that is used by London Midland for the stabling of electric traction units, no heavy work is carried out at Coventry as that is done at either Soho in Smethwick (for Class 323 EMU) or Northampton Siemens depot (Class 350 & 321 EMU's), previously the 321 EMU's were maintained at Bletchley TMD in Buckinghamshire. All none electric units are stabled at Tyeseley in Birmingham where they are cleaned, maintained and refueled. These units are only used on the local service to Nuneaton. Until 2004, Coventry had a direct service to Nottingham via Leicester, but this was discontinued because Network Rail took away the ability for trains coming from Coventry to cross to the Leicester line at Nuneaton. Before Central Trains was broken up, there was talk of restoring the service, but since services are on the line to Leicester are now part of Cross Country, it is unlikely. Also, when Cross Country was handed over to Arriva, the route via Wigan and Preston was excluded from the franchise and was included in the West Coast Franchise. Subsequently, CrossCountry now uses the route via York to get to Scotland so Coventry lost its few direct trains to places in the North West besides Manchester. The Current day time service:
  • 4 trains per hour to London Euston ”“ three express and one semi-fast via Northampton
  • 7 trains per hour to Birmingham New Street ”“ some trains continue onwards
  • 2 trains per hour to Northampton (one continues onto London Euston)
  • 1 Cross Country train per hour to the North ( Manchester Piccadilly) via Birmingham New Street
  • 1 train per hour to Nuneaton
  • 1 train per hour to Leamington Spa and the south, usually Bournemouth (Cross Country)


Preceding station National Rail Following station Leamington Spa CrossCountry Bournemouth-Manchester via Coventry to Leamington line Birmingham International CrossCountry Bournemouth-Edinburgh Sundays Only CrossCountry Didcot-Manchester Sundays Only Rugby London Midland Rugby - Birmingham - Stafford Canley Terminus London Midland Coventry to Nuneaton Line Bedworth Rugby or Milton Keynes Central or Watford Junction Virgin Trains West Coast Main Line Birmingham International

Building Activity

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