The Coventry to Nuneaton rail upgrade, known locally as NUCKLE phase 1, will improve the existing rail line between Coventry and Nuneaton and allow service frequency to double from one train per hour to two trains per hour. It forms the first part of a vision for a direct rail link between Nuneaton and Leamington Spa. Two new stations have already been completed at Coventry (Ricoh) Arena and Bermuda Park in Warwickshire, and platforms have also been lengthened at Bedworth station to accommodate longer trains. A new bay platform will be built at Coventry station, work on which will commence following completion of the separate Warwick Road access tunnel project in 2017.
NUCKLE is being delivered by the Council, Transport for West Midlands and Warwickshire County Council – with the Council acting as the lead. It is funded by the three partners, Department for Transport (DfT) and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
We were appointed by Coventry City Council to provide planning support from initial scheme conception through to final project close. Our key role is to produce an overall scheme programme, including all pre construction deliverables for Civils and Systems engineering packages, together with an assessment of the overall construction work elements. The construction works have numerous interfaces, include utilising Network Rail ROTR possessions, which requires possession planning and co-ordination, together with co-ordination of OHLE modifications and signalling. Construction feasibility studies were developed by our team to support the Client in early decision making with respect to site access constraints and initial Form A designs. Going forward our main role for the scheme will be to support Coventry City Council in all planning duties associated with the scheme until a successful contract has been appointed circa August 2013, following which we will provided support and review of the contractor’s programme.