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Arena station 'strongly' backed
Ricoh Arena
A railway station was part of the original plan for the arena
A proposal to have a railway station at Coventry's Ricoh Arena has been given "strong support" by the Department for Transport, the city's MPs have said.

Jim Cunningham, Geoffrey Robinson and Bob Ainsworth met Transport Minister Tom Harris on Wednesday.

The MPs said Coventry and Warwickshire councils were now opening talks with prospective partners in the rail industry to deliver the project.

A planned station for the arena was initially rejected by the government.

The MPs said proposals for a half-hourly service on the Coventry-Nuneaton line were also given strong support at Wednesday's meeting.

Mr Robinson, MP for Coventry North West, described the outcome as "fantastic news" for the city.

He said: "The meeting was a great success with the Department for Transport giving its 100% support."

Senior planners from Coventry City Council and Warwickshire County Council were also at the discussion.

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