Warwickshire County Council today approved the Bermuda Connectivity scheme, aimed at reducing congestion and journey times in and around Nuneaton town centre.
The Bermuda Connectivity scheme will deliver additional highway capacity by creating a new 1.3-mile link between West Nuneaton and the Griff Roundabout via the existing Bermuda Bridge over the A444.
As well as reduced journey times; the benefits include improved access to local businesses, amenities and residential areas and improved access to Bermuda Park Rail Station, which will soon be served by more frequent trains to Coventry.
Further to public the scheme was reviewed and a revised design was recommended to the council by Cabinet. The main components of it now include:
- improvements to Bermuda Bridge and connecting it to the highway on either side; improvements to the Heath End Road / Tenlons Road Junction;
- minor improvements to the bend on the Southern Section of Bermuda Road; pedestrian refuge islands at southern end of Bermuda Road (approaching the bend) and The Bridleway;
- amendments to layout of the bus turning area on The Bridleway; a shared pedestrian / cycle path running between St Georges Way via Bermuda Bridge to The Bridleway;
- parking and loading restrictions along the entire link route.
Cllr Jeff Clarke, portfolio holder for transport and planning, said: “I am absolutely thrilled that we can now start making this scheme a reality. There is a raft of changes taking place in and around Nuneaton, not only in the town centre but also in the surrounding areas, and this link will help us to unlock West Nuneaton and get the traffic moving.
“This will have a very positive effect on the travelling in and out of Nuneaton town centre and will help it to achieve its potential as both a place to live and a place to do business.”
Sean Farnell from the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, which has contributed a £1 million grant to Warwickshire County Council towards the scheme, said: “The different elements of the scheme will reduce journey times and congestion in a busy area of Nuneaton which will help businesses, commuters and visitors to the town.
“This is part of an overall package of infrastructure projects which are being introduced to improve the traffic flow in and around Nuneaton.”