Coventry Arena railway station is a new railway station likely to open in 2016 in the north of Coventry, England on the Coventry-Nuneaton Line. It was intended to serve the adjacent Ricoh Arena, for which it is named. Combined with the stadium's copious parking it will provide a Park and Ride facility. The station has two platforms on the existing double tracked line. Although the station was intended to serve the adjacent Ricoh Arena, it was announced in August 2015 that the station will be closed for one hour following football matches, rugby matches and concerts on safety grounds: there is insufficient rolling stock to run the services necessary for spectators: while six-carriage trains could be chartered to run every half-an-hour during weekends, the fares generated would not cover the chartering cost. Operator London Midland stated that the rolling stock restriction limited services to one train an hour using a single-coach Class 153 unit, which can only seat 75 people. In September 2015 it was revealed that Coventry City Council were looking into the possibility of using converted London Underground D-trains to run extra services on match days, but diesel trains of any kind (and thus services for stadium patrons) are unlikely to be available at all before late 2017. ^ "Coventry reacts to Ricoh Arena rail station delays: 'Embarrassing for the city!'". Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 30 October 2015. ^ a b c "Ricoh Arena railway station hit by further delays". Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 30 October 2015. ^ a b "Coventry City FC and Wasps RFC fans warned not to use new Ricoh Arena train station". Coventry Telegraph. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015. ^ "London Underground tube trains could be used to sort Ricoh Arena station fiasco". Coventry Telegraph. 8 September 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
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