Awarded via the SCAPE Civil Engineering framework and completed in 2019, Warrington West train station serves the whole Warrington West area and is a key transport link to the Omega development and Chapelford Urban Village housing estate in Great Sankey, Warrington.
With a high percentage of work-related journeys taken by car, during peak times, the roads in the area were extremely congested. This not only increased the amount of fuel wasted but also contributed to the levels of air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions.
The new station was designed to encourage a larger proportion of journeys to be made by rail so easy access on foot and by bicycle, bus and car were all key. The traditional ‘aircraft hangar’ design was just one of the features of the new station which also included:
To support Warrington Borough Council’s carbon reduction goals, the project was designed to not only reduce congestion on local roads but include several energy and resource efficient products:
Recognising the role of the station in reducing carbon emissions and the quality of the construction, the project won both the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation North West Large Project of the Year and the Institution of Civil Engineers Large Project awards.
During the early contractor involvement process, collaborative engineering workshops identified approximately £2 million of savings, including:
With four trains an hour departing from the new station heading towards Liverpool, Warrington central and Manchester, including Manchester airport, the station improves transport links to the area and provides a key link to the rest of the world.
With a growing population and employment base, Warrington’s six train stations have seen a steady rise in passenger numbers. This is credited to improved accessibility to the stations.