Warwickshire County Council are holding public information events to inform Warwick residents about the improvement works that will be taking place next year to help ease traffic congestion around Stanks Island and Birmingham Road during peak periods.
The County Council will be carrying out highways works, planned to start in Summer 2017 and complete in Winter 2017, that will ultimately improve traffic circulation during peak periods, address traffic queues on the A46 slip roads and prepare for future predicted traffic increases.
Increasing traffic on the highway network has meant that the junction of the A46 with the Birmingham Road at Stanks roundabout is now unable to cope with current traffic demands.
The works, which are being funded by Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) through Government Growth Deal funding, Warwickshire County Council and developer funding, will address queuing issues accessing and exiting Warwick during the AM and PM peaks periods, support economic growth, and provide and improve walking and cycling facilities.
Traffic control signals that can detect vehicles and adjust their settings to respond to fluctuations in traffic will be installed to minimise queuing and help improve traffic flow. Shared pedestrian and cycling facilities will be provided to create better links between the town centre, residential and business areas, towards Budbrooke, Hatton and the rail station.
A public information event on the improvement works will take place on Monday 12th December between 12 – 4.30pm and Tuesday 13th December between 5 – 8.30pm outside the entrance to the Post Office at Shire Hall, Warwick. Warwickshire County Council staff and Councillors will be in attendance to speak to residents about the works.
Alternatively, you can go online at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/stanksisland to see details of the works.
Councillor Peter Butlin, Warwickshire County Council’s Deputy Leader & Portfolio Holder for Transport and Planning, said: “We know that there are a number of transport pressures on Stanks Island and the Birmingham Road corridor in Warwick, with queuing on the A46 slip roads during the morning rush hour being a particular concern.
“Our works to improve the island and corridor will be comprehensive and I encourage residents to come and find out more about them.”
The funding for the project from the CWLEP is part of an overall £89.4 million Growth Deal Package for Coventry and Warwickshire.
Jonathan Browning, chairman of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The improvement works on Stanks Island and Birmingham Road will be vital in helping to relive transport pressure on Warwick and the surrounding road network.
“We’re pleased to have secured funding from the Growth Deal to support the project and look forward to the works getting underway following the important public information events.”
Councillor Philip Johnson, Warwickshire County Council’s Chair of the Communities Overview & Scrutiny Committee, said: “These works to help traffic flow at Stanks Island and the Birmingham Road reflect the numerous roles that this section of our highway needs to perform, for traffic travelling in and out of Warwick and around Hatton, and also for pedestrians and cyclists. I hope people will attend the public information events to find out more.”