Case study – NUCKLE new stations

Overview

To support economic growth in the Leamington Spa to Nuneaton corridor, Warwickshire County Council and Coventry City Council devised a project to enhance rail services. This included building two new stations, one at Bermuda Park and one at the major venue, the Ricoh Arena.

The Challenge

Both stations required the purchase of private land. The site of the Arena station comprised many small parcels of land, some of which were owned by the Ricoh Arena. The Safety Advisory Group responsible for the arena required that additional land be allocated to provide a safe waiting area for event goers travelling by train. Land assembly and associated negotiations were recognised as a significant challenge.

Important access routes to the Ricoh Arena would be affected by the new station, including the pedestrian footway between the arena and nearby car and coach parks. To protect the interests of all parties, numerous easements would be required.

The Solution

Our team took responsibility for managing the entire process, from identifying and valuing suitable land, through to negotiations, legal discussions and final agreements.

We made communication a priority, fostering relationships and understanding at the highest levels within key stakeholders. We hosted weekly conference calls and made sure that any issues were raised and properly discussed at the earliest opportunity.

Throughout the engagement we maintained systems for controlling documentation and tracking changes. We also obtained agreement to talk directly with the lawyers, where appropriate, to ensure progress was maintained.

Results

All the land required was obtained for Warwickshire County Council and Coventry City Council at an acceptable price, without the need for costly and time-consuming compulsory purchase orders. On completion it was transferred to Network Rail and leased to London Midland, the train operator.

The stations opened in January 2016. Passenger numbers have continued to grow, helping the two councils in their aims of building a stronger economy and facilitating sustainable transport.

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