THE £82 million transformation of Coventry Railway Station has been officially completed and is open to the public.
The opening of the new station building coincides with the 60-year anniversary of the opening of the existing Grade II listed station in 1962.
Passengers can also now use a new footbridge to reach platforms one, two, three and four which is connected to the new multi-storey 629-space car-park.
Passengers will be able to access the station directly from Station Square, alongside new entrances on Warwick Road which will enable access to the new cycle hub, footbridge and station building
Councillor Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Regeneration and Climate Change at Coventry City Council and CWLEP board director, said: “I am pleased that we are finally able to welcome people to the new extension of our transformed railway station.
“The new build sits alongside the original station which will celebrate its 60th birthday this year – another fine example of how we are combining the best of the old with the best of the new.
“Together, Coventry station is now perfectly equipped to meet the needs of our residents, visitors and businesses.”
As well as contributing £39.4 million to the redevelopment, the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is also investing in the wider regeneration of Coventry and delivering transport improvements including the WM On Demand bus service, All-Electric Bus City scheme and recent refurbishment of Pool Meadow Bus Station.
Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands and chair of the WMCA, said: “It is great to see the railway station open after all the hard work which has gone into its development.
“It is a fitting gateway for the city and I am pleased we have been able to play our part in making it happen.”