£1.8 million funding by C&W LEP

A grant of £1.8 million from the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) will enable transformation of the forecourt of Leamington Station railway station, prioritising greener travel, linking bus, taxi, cycle and rail.

This funding, bringing long-term benefits, is driven by the international bowls competitions being held at Victoria Park as part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.  It is estimated these will bring £26 million to local businesses.

WDC, working with the Town Council, BID Leamington and the Chambers of Trade, a total of £3.6 million in all will be available to address the town’s transport problems of chronic air pollution and road congestion.

For more on this see WDC Press Release

Leamington Station

Our aim is to make Leamington Station a good place to start and finish a journey.

The group was created in late 2004 by the Leamington Society soon after the station and its surroundings were listed Grade II. Work began on the neglected gardens on the embankments and the platform. These gardens now regularly win local and national awards. Funds have been raised to replace the long running-in-boards, increase the number of platform benches in a consistent Great Western Railway pattern; put up railway heritage posters; replace original Art Deco fittings in both waiting rooms and the booking hall.

A splendid book published in September 2017: Britain’s 100 Best Railway Stations, by Simon Jenkins, features Leamington as you would hope, and gives a nice acknowledgment of the work of the Friends.

These achievements would not have been possible without the full cooperation of Chiltern Railways and many generous funders, both private and public and are commemorated on blue plaques within the station.

More gardeners are always welcome!

Visit the Friends site for much more.