Extra HS2 funding for safer roads in Warwickshire

Warwickshire County Council has welcomed the confirmation of extra funding to deal with road safety issues around HS2-affected highways.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that £30 million will be allocated to towns and villages along the HS2 route to help improve road and cycle safety and off-set disruption caused by the railway.

Warwickshire will receive an allocation of £8 million to be spent on schemes by the end of 2026. The funding can be used for traffic calming measures, safer pedestrian crossings or safer junctions for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers.

Cllr Jeff Clarke, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Transport and Economy, said: “We welcome the announcement of the additional funding to help address key road safety issues in areas affected by the construction and operation of HS2.

“It is important that we now take time to look carefully at the funding criteria and ensure that we use the money on schemes to help the communities who will experience the highest volumes of disruption.”

There are stringent DfT guidelines in place for local authorities to consider which schemes will be applicable to receive the funding. Authorities must also ensure that improvement schemes leave a lasting legacy of road safety.

Once local authorities have agreed plans for projects, agreement has to be reached with HS2 Ltd to release the funds.

Cllr David Reilly, Lead councillor for HS2 and road safety, added: “Warwickshire will be adversely impacted upon by HS2 and this new Government funding will help us to provide better road safety solutions in the right areas on our road network.

“WCC will be identifying the appropriate priority schemes throughout the HS2 route corridor in Warwickshire. These schemes must provide the most effective road safety improvements to help reduce the number and severity of accidents.”

The £30 million Road Safety Fund was created by the Government in response to a recommendation made by the Commons Select Committee during the Parliamentary process for the High Speed Rail (London to West Midlands) Act 2017.

The main construction works for Phase One of HS2 are due to begin next year. The first train services are due to run in 2026.