Plans have been unveiled for the development of a new £8 million Warwickshire railway station.

Work on Coleshill Parkway is due to begin next month with the first trains scheduled to operate from there in early 2007.

Located just north of Coleshill and next to the Hams Hall employment area, and an existing freight terminal, the new transport hub will be on the existing Birmingham-Nuneaton line.

There will be two trains an hour to Birmingham, regular services to Leicester and Stansted Airport, connections to a new network of local bus services, 200 car parking spaces and cycle storage facilities. A new bridge will be constructed over the railway line for pedestrians and vehicles to reach the station.

The journey between Coleshill and the centre of Birmingham will be about 12 minutes, with train services operated by Central Trains.

Investment in the project has included £2 million from Coleshill Parkway Ltd, a subsidiary of Laing Rail - which owns Chiltern Railways - £4.1 million from the Department for Transport through the Local Transport Plan with the balance coming from Warwickshire County Council and North Warwickshire District Council.

Councillor Martin Heatley, the county council's cabinet member for environmental services, said: "Thanks to the partnership working here, we are taking huge steps in developing an improved public transport network in the M42 corridor and over a wide area of the north of Warwickshire and providing for single mode and multi-modal interchange."