• Two completely new stations – at Coventry Arena and Bermuda Park
• More platforms at Coventry main station, to accommodate six-car trains
• Longer platforms at Bedworth station to accommodate longer trains
• Improvements to the train service, with frequency doubled to every thirty minutes
• Passenger capacity raised to four times its current level
• Equipment at the new Coventry Arena station to turn trains around for an events shuttle service.
Anyway, lets build a station.
December 2011 : Funding approved. Yippee!
August 2012 : Work to start in December 2012 for completion in December 2013
September 2013 : Nothing has happened due to uncertainty about the future of Coventry City at the arena. Estimated opening date now Summer 2015.
Following a protracted rent dispute between Coventry City and ACL (owners of the arena), the football club left the Ricoh in 2013, playing home matches at Sixfields Stadium in Northampton for over a year before returning to the Ricoh in September 2014. Within two months, both shareholders in ACL were bought out by rugby union Premiership club Wasps, who relocated to the stadium from their previous ground, Adams Park in High Wycombe. Wasps' first home match in Coventry was on 21 December 2014 against London Irish.
Wasps Rugby Club owning the home of the Sky Blues. There's a sting in the tail. (Groan).
December 2013 : Further "complications"; completion now due in 2017.
April 2014 : Construction to start in May 2014 with completion in May 2015.
Good to have decisive and timely project management, eh?
June 2014 : Contract awarded to Buckingham Group
October 2014 : Construction underway with service to start on 21 June 2015
September 2015 : No date yet announced for the opening
Now then chaps and chapesses; Festina Lente (as they say), don't rush. Take your time. Chillax. It's only a railway station, after all.
And, although complete (we assume), the station is STILL not open.
With all this in mind, our Northampton Correspondent went to have a look. It is his report(s) that form the basis of tomorrow's blog.
And this lavish ferroequinological opulence is what has taken all that time to not be open.
Well, nearly. They weren't kings and we have no idea how many there were. Matthew records the story in his Gospel.
Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea, during the time when Herod was king. Soon afterward, some men who studied the stars came from the East to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the baby born to be the king of the Jews? We saw his star when it came up in the east, and we have come to worship him.”
They were magi. A Magus was a sort of court astrologer and astronomer (the two were not distinct back then) who would advise their boss who might have been a King of Iraq. They had been following their star maps ...
Wikipedia gives a long list of explanations for "the Star".
So, after a brief confab with Herod, they went on; and not to the stable/cave/cattleshed etc.
And so they left, and on their way they saw the same star they had seen in the East. When they saw it, how happy they were, what joy was theirs! It went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. They went into the house ...
It's what they did next that matters.