Coventry Arena Train Station FAQS

All the information you'll need on the Coventry Arena train station which opened at the Ricoh Arena on Monday 18th January. Please note, there will be a limited service in operation in the first stage of this two-stage project.

Background to the new Bermuda Park and Coventry Arena stations

The two stations are part of a £13.6 million investment to improve rail services between Coventry and Nuneaton.

This is the first part of a plan to develop the route from Nuneaton to Coventry and Coventry to Leamington Spa. Later work will include a new platform at Coventry to increase the frequency of services and a new station at Kenilworth. 

The Coventry – Nuneaton upgrade is being delivered by Coventry City Council, Centro and Warwickshire County Council. It is funded by the three partners, the Department for Transport (DfT) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Cllr John McNicholas, Lead Member for Transport said: "It's taken a while, certainly longer than we had hoped for, but finally the stations will be open and I'm delighted about that.”

Bermuda Park will be the 150th station to join the London Midland network. The station will have 30 free car parking spaces and Coventry Arena will have 80 car parking spaces.

You can download the timetable for the two new stations: www.londonmidland.com/download/112257.6/coventry-nu 

Following the news that the Coventry Arena railway station has opened, Andy Gibb, managing director of the Ricoh Arena, said:

“We are pleased the train station has opened since it will increase transport options for our visitors who are attending our business events at the Ricoh Arena during the week.

“We will now continue to work with London Midland to investigate the possibility of running special event services to add to the current timetable and support all the exciting events we have coming up.

“Our superb central location and fantastic facilities means we attract visitors from throughout the UK and the new train station will mean delegates who have travelled 60 minutes from London Euston to Coventry will then have less than a ten-minute journey to the Ricoh Arena.

“We have a good transport system in place thanks to our location near the M6 and the fact we have 2,000 on-site car-parking spaces as well as park and walk sites, and the opening of the train station will further enhance our transport links.”

In terms of match day services, Wasps are looking to create a bespoke solution to enable more fans to make use of the train station at the weekend, than the current timetable allows.

Please remember that the limited service in operation is a situation we have inherited, as the Coventry Arena station was planned long before Wasps acquired the Ricoh Arena.

However, rest assured the club is working hard with train operators London Midland to increase the frequency of service and the number of supporters able to access the Arena by train on match day.

The club hopes to trial an increased service at the match between Wasps and Harlequins on 28 February.
 
FAQs

What does the new Coventry Arena train station mean for Wasps’ supporters?

Long-term: The new station will improve access to the Ricoh Arena stadium on match day and reduce fans’ journey time to games. However, it is important to note that the initial stage of the project will see a limited service in operation.

The travel time from London Euston to Coventry, connecting to Coventry Arena station, should take no longer than 1 hour 10 minutes in total.

Short-term:

While we are doing everything in our power to try to increase the regularity of the service and the number of passengers able to access the arena by train on match day, there is no quick fix due to a shortage of rolling stock in the UK. This does not solely affect the Coventry area, it is a country-wide issue.

The Coventry Arena train station has been in the planning for many years prior to Wasps acquiring the Ricoh Arena. We understand that many of our supporters will feel frustration at the limited service initially in operation, however it is important to remember that this is a situation we have inherited.

We will continue to work with London Midland to investigate the possibility of running special event services to add to the current timetable and support all the exciting matches we have coming up.

How regularly do these trains run and at what time?

  • You can download the time table here: www.londonmidland.com/download/112257.6/coventry-nu
  • Monday to Friday: one train per hour in either direction
  • Wasps match day: one train per hour in either direction, with double carriage capacity
  • CCFC Match day: one train per hour in either direction with double carriage capacity

How many passengers can each train service accommodate?

  • A one carriage service will run Monday to Friday, carrying up to 75 passengers seated, and up to 125 including standing
  • A two carriage service will run on Saturdays and Sundays, carrying a maximum of 150 seated, and up to 250 including standing passengers
  • One an hour from Coventry Station to Coventry Arena, and from Coventry Arena to Nuneaton Station.

Where can I catch a train to the Coventry Arena Station?

  • Trains depart from Coventry Station and Nuneaton Station.

    Are there any on time restrictions for trains accessing the stadium?

  • YES
  • PRE MATCH: Trains will run as scheduled prior to matches and kick-off. Please leave plenty of time for your inbound journey.

     

  • POST MATCH: Please note, due to health and safety restrictions agreed by London Midland and Arena Coventry Ltd, trains will only start operating again at the Coventry Arena station an hour after the final whistle has gone. If supporters need to leave the Ricoh Arena straight after the game, we would advise you continue to use the regular bus shuttle service provided by the club to and from Coventry station.
  • This bus shuttle service costs £2

How many trains will run every hour to the Coventry Arena station?

  • Two trains (one train in either direction) will run per hour to the Arena Coventry Station on match day (each of two carriages)

How much will the train cost to the Ricoh Arena from Coventry City station?

  • The cost of a single ticket between Coventry City Station and the Coventry Arena station is £2.30
  • The cost of a return ticket between Coventry City Station and the Coventry Arena station is from £2.40 (depending on selected fare).

How long is the journey time?

  • The journey time between Coventry City Station and the Coventry Arena station is approximately 10 minutes.

Can I buy a ticket from London which gets me straight to the Ricoh Arena?

  • Yes, you will be able to purchase a ticket from London Euston to Coventry Arena station, with an on-going connection to the Ricoh Arena.

How else can I access the Ricoh Arena on match day?

  • It is important to remember the new train station is in addition to the various transport options already available on match day, which won’t change this season.
  • A summary of transport links can be seen on a match-by-match basis on the Wasps website under Match Preview (Navigate the Nest) page or under Your Club, how to get to the Ricoh Arena. http://www.wasps.co.uk/your-club/getting-to-the-ricoh-arena

CAR:

Parking options:


BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT

 BUS:

  • Shuttle Service from Coventry Train Station costs £2 each way.
  • All shuttles will drop off at Arena Park pre match and will collect from here post match.

 Alternatively:

  • Number 8 Bus from Coventry Train Station to Coventry Transport Museum.     
  • Number 4 or Number 5 from Coventry Transport Museum to Arena Park (Tesco). (Once you arrive at Arena Park there is an underpass which takes you into Car Park B of the Ricoh Arena. Follow signs for the Ricoh Arena from here).

 Coventry Train Station

  • Buses departing frequently between: 11:30 - 14.00     
  • Return buses will depart from Arena Park between: 15.30 - 18.00. 20 minutes journey time.

DEPARTING FROM SERVICE NUMBER TIME

  • Lockhurst Lane (Burnaby Road) 4 Every 30 mins from 11 :35
  • Jubilee Crescent 5 Every 13 mins past the hour
  • Bedworth, Exhall & Longford 20 Every 30 mins from 9:35
  • Woodway Lane 20A Every 30 mins
  • Services 4 & 5 stop at the subway by the Ricoh Arena
  • Services 20, 20A & 20E stop close by on Foleshill Road

For up to date bus timetables please visit:

www.wasps.co.uk

www.ricoharena.com

www.coventry.gov.uk/info

 

TRAIN

Please Note – The last train leaving Coventry Railway Station to London Euston is 23:21. The last train leaving Coventry Railway Station to Birmingham New Street is 23:58.

For more information on train stations and timetables please visit: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/

The railway station for the Ricoh Arena is the main Coventry railway station, which is in the City Centre and approximately six miles away. There are always black cabs immediately outside the station and it is roughly a 10 to 15 minute journey.

TAXI

For our local taxi service please visit Allens Taxis. A taxi rank is located directly outside the entrance of Coventry train station, for those choosing this route. Taxi fares cost between £13 and £15 per journey to the Ricoh Arena from the train station.

BY FOOT

Christ the King, park-and-walk site is located on Winding House Lane, which is accessible by leaving the M6 at J3 towards Coventry and going along the A444 for half a mile.

House Lane, continue for half a mile and the car park is on the right. Our team will be on hand to direct you to a parking space.

There’s then a short 8-15 minute walk to the Arena. Sat Nav users: Winding House Lane, CV7 9HR NB:

There is a 2.2m vehicle height restriction at this car park CHRIST THE KING Wayside Business Park, park-and-walk site is accessible from J3 of the M6.

Follow the B4113 towards Bedworth. Take the third exit at the roundabout and Wayside Business Park is on your left.

Our team will be on hand to direct you to a parking space. There’s then a short 15-20 minute walk to the Arena.

Sat Nav users: CV6 6NY WAYSIDE BUSINESS PARK Longford Little Heath Holbrooks Whitmore Park To Bedworth M6 Junction 3 To the city centre.