Coventry (COV)

Coventry is a major stop on the West Coast Main Line between Rugby and Canley and also the terminus for services to Nuneaton and Leamington Spa.

Type: National Rail
(West Coast Main Line)
Station code: COV
Opened: 1838
Platforms: 4
The station was originally opened in 1838 by the London & Birmingham Railway though was replaced by a larger station in 1840. This station later had an extensive engine shed and goods yard though these were run down and closed in the late 1950s and 1960s [1]. Some stabling for stock still remains to the West of the station.

This station was in turn replaced in 1962 during a complete rebuild which added two more platforms and a new two-storey high passenger concourse [2] [3], a bridge connecting the platforms. Coventry consists of an island platform and two side platforms.

Work began in 2019 on a major rebuild, which will include a new bay platform, a larger carpark and a second footbridge. The work is part of a regeneration of the centre of Coventry. The station could also be linked to the city's new light rail system planned for the 2020s.
XC 221 114 arrives at Coventry

Old and slightly less old station signage

Welcome to Coventry

Look down the island platform

In London Midland days a Class 350 Desiro arrives

WMR 153 334 with the Nuneaton service

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Rugby to Birmingham (Middleton Press, 2008) Fig. 69
[2] David Lawrence, British Rail Designed 1948-97 (Ian Allan, 2016) p. 76
[3] Mitchell & Smith Fig. 74