Work starts on Coton Arches improvements

Warwickshire County Council has announced that the contract for improvements to the Coton Arches roundabout has been awarded to Galliford Try Infrastructure Ltd.

Work is already underway (April 3) and a diversion will be put in place closing Edward Street and diverting traffic around the Roanne Ringway, down Queens Road and re-joining Edward Street on Monday, April 9.

Work on the £3.7 million project, which is being funded through a combination of the Government’s Local Growth Fund through the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) and Warwickshire County Council’s Capital Funding, is expected to last for six months.

With plans in the pipeline to develop the town centre, a key component of the local plan is to ease congestion into the town centre. Increasing traffic has meant that the Coton Arches roundabout on the A444 is currently unable to cope with the volume of vehicles and traffic is regularly at a standstill on the A444 during rush hour.

The work will involve signalising the roundabout and providing a connecting road through the roundabout for the A444 southbound movement. The approaches to the roundabout are to be widened to provide additional lane capacity and walking and cycling facilities will also be improved as part of the scheme.

Stephen Tomkins, Operations Director at Galliford Try, said: “We’re delighted to have been appointed as contractor on this important scheme for Nuneaton.

“Being based at Wolvey we know the region very well and have a strong local supply chain. Some of our current local projects include the A426 Elliott’s Field scheme as well as the Houlton link road in Rugby.”

Cllr Jeff Clarke, portfolio holder for Transport and Planning with Warwickshire County Council, said: “Improving Nuneaton town centre and its road infrastructure and access is one of our key priorities and it is great to see work has started.

“There are certain to be delays in the morning and evening rush hours and we ask motorists for patience while we complete this important work to improve one of the gateways to Nuneaton.”

Zamurad Hussain, a board director at the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The Local Growth Fund was established by the government to create jobs, support businesses and encourage growth and once this project is completed it will achieve all these.

“Reducing travelling times will make a big difference to motorists driving through this part of Nuneaton and will bring huge benefits to the town.”

 

Further details will be announced on the webpage at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/cotonarches

 

Caption: From the left, Zamurad Hussain (Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership), Stephen Tomkins (Galliford Try) and Cllr Jeff Clarke (Warwickshire County Council)

 

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

Local Growth Fund

Local Enterprise Partnerships are playing a vital role in driving forward economic growth across the country, helping to build a country that works for everyone.

That’s why by 2021 Government will have invested over £12bn through the Local Growth Fund, allowing LEPs to use their local knowledge to get all areas of the country firing on all cylinders.

Analysis has shown that every £1 of Local Growth Fund invested could generate £4.81 in benefits.

Further information

If you would like some further facts about the Fund, or the wider regeneration work going on across the country, please contact DCLG press office by emailing NewsDesk@communities.gsi.gov.uk in the first instance to request any additional information you might need.

Some additional key facts:

  • There are 38 LEPs covering the whole of England
  • The government has awarded £9.1bn in three rounds of Growth Deals to local areas to drive economic growth.
  • LEPs are investing in a wide range of projects informed by detailed analysis of the most pressing economic needs in each of their areas, including transport, skills, business support, broadband, innovation and flood defences.

Midlands Engine

  • The government is committed to making the Midlands an Engine for Growth in the UK, increasing economic growth and improving the quality of life for everyone. The Midlands is home to over 10 million people and over 780,000 businesses. Its economy is worth £217.7 billion.
  • So far the government has awarded £1.9 billion in three rounds of Growth Deals across the Midlands.
  • 8 Enterprise Zones have been established in the Midlands Engine since 2012, and 3 zones have been extended. By March 2016 these had attracted almost £1 billion of private investment, and created 85 new businesses and 7,291 jobs.