The improvements to Warwick town centre, identified after extensive consultation last year, are set to begin with the implementation of a 20mph zone.
New 20mph road signs have been going up in the town over the last few days.
Other proposals that formed part of last year’s consultation continue to be developed and include:
- Wider pavements
- New crossing points
- Improved cycle links
- Alterations at key town centre gateways such as the Northgate junction
- One-way routing along High Street / Jury Street and The Butts
- Priority signals for buses and reduced street clutter.
Cllr Jeff Clarke, Warwickshire County Council’s portfolio holder for transport, said: “The reduction of the speed limit means that the improvements that we are looking to make to the town centre can begin. They are the first step before the remainder of the work and it’s exciting for the town that these improvements are now a reality and are happening.”
Advanced works to Stanks Island – which will be funded by the Government’s Local Growth Fund through the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) – and the Birmingham Road Improvement Scheme are also due to begin following the installation of the new road signs reducing the speed limit along Birmingham Road.
Jonathan Browning, Chair of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said improving transport infrastructure was a vital component in attracting inward investment.
He said: “Easing traffic congestion and making it safer to travel around Warwick will be a massive help to businesses, residents and visitors in the town as well as improve connectivity with other towns in the county.
“This will help to stimulate economic growth and create jobs, and these improvements are being made after consulting with local people.”