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Kenilworth station delayed again

The latest delay in opening Kenilworth's new railway station's being blamed on a lack of trains to run services.

The station was due to open this Sunday. The building work is all done, but a county council statement says the Departmen for Transport doesn't have enough trains to operate the line.

Monica Fogarty, Joint Managing Director, Warwickshire County Council said: "After almost 53 years of being without a station, Kenilworth Station is now complete and looks amazing. The Council would like to thank the people of Kenilworth for their patience and understanding during the period of disruption whilst we worked around the clock to get the station ready for early December.  

"The hugely disappointing news is that the Department for Transport has not been able to meet the same pace as the Council..  The DfT tells us there will be no train service until February 2018.  The Department is unable to supply the train and drivers in order to meet the December opening date, and this is beyond disappointing for the people of Kenilworth 

"The County Council so wanted to be able to deliver as promised on this exciting scheme for Kenilworth and we share your disappointment.  That said, 2 more months, having waited 53 years is not long, and it will be worth the wait. 

"I want Kenilworth to know that your Council, County Councillors and MP have all worked until the last minute to try to persuade the DfT to deliver and it is such a shame that this has not proved possible. 

"On the positive side and looking to the future, we are weeks away from having a new service.  The Station looks fantastic and true to the design which the Kenilworth people voted for.  It is a station much deserved by Kenilworth and after 20+ years of battling we are on the brink of a change which will support the continuing economic prosperity of the Town.

"Details of service operation will be made available as soon as is possible."

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