THE NEW Kenilworth railway station remains firmly on track.
Warwickshire County Council this week took possession of the Priory Road site after it was vacated by Buildbase, which has moved to Warwick Road.
The area is now being secured ahead of demolition works to clear the site in preparation for construction work on the new £11.3 million rail station later this year.
The station, which is set to open in December 2016, will be served by a new local train service between Leamington and Coventry.
The station will include a ticket office, a 90 space car park and cycle parking.
Coun John Whitehouse, ward councillor for Kenilworth Abbey, said: “Kenilworth is one of the largest towns in the country not currently served by a train station and that has been something that we have worked long and hard to put right.
“I am excited that things are now progressing and look forward to seeing the work come to fruition.”
The hoardings securing the site will show visuals of the station as chosen by the public as part of the Public Exhibition last year.
Coun Peter Butlin, county transport spokesman, said: “Warwickshire County Council is committed to maximising opportunities for economic growth. Transport infrastructure is integral to that. The new station will provide residents in the area with access to work opportunities in Coventry, Birmingham and Leamington, and links to London and the wider national rail network.”
The Department for Transport has already approved the allocation of £5 million towards the new station – replacing the old one which closed in 1965 – with the county council funding the rest.