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Sports fans unable to use new station

The Ricoh Arena station near Coventry is set to open on September 21, but for the time being is not due to be used for its primary purpose - to transport fans of Coventry City football and Wasps rugby teams.

Following a recommendation from the stadium’s Safety Advisory Group, fans will not be allowed to use the station for one hour after matches (or other large events) end.

This is because the hourly, 75-seat single-car Class 153 trains used on the route will not be able to accommodate anything like the probable demand, despite that being the very reason the station has been built.

The Department for Transport has refused to put pressure on the train operators and station owner Coventry City Council to resolve the situation, acclordign to local press reports.

The £3.4 million station is part of the £15.6m Nuneaton, Coventry, Kenilworth and Leamington Spa (NUCKLE) upgrade.

Another new station on the Coventry-Nuneaton line, at Bermuda Park, is set to open as the same time as Ricoh Arena, although both have been delayed. In April 2014, the opening was planned for May 2015.

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