Northgate – Work to create junction improvements set to start in May

Further to consultation undertaken in 2016, the County Council is carrying out works at the Northgate junction as part of a series of improvements proposed for Warwick Town Centre.

Work is due to commence on Tuesday 7 May and is expected to be complete by the end of August 2019.  It is part of a major scheme of works in and around the town centre, aimed at improving traffic flow, reducing the amount of stationary traffic and improving air quality. Our objective is to enhance the experience for the pedestrian and help make the town centre a more attractive proposition for visitors and shoppers.

The Northgate scheme aims to improve the setting of a key gateway to the town, making it more pedestrian-friendly by reducing the footprint of the junction, introducing informal crossing points and improving access to the town centre.

There will also be a number of traffic management changes including a right turn only into Northgate Street from Barrack Street and prohibiting a right turn into Northgate Street for eastbound vehicles travelling from Saltisford/A425.

To allow the works to be carried out safely and efficiently, temporary traffic management arrangements  will be put in place for the duration of the works. For part of the works this will include one-way running on The Butts and the northern section of Cape Road to ease traffic flows and avoid the need for temporary traffic lights.

Mark Ryder, Strategic Director for Communities Directorate, said:  “The work in and around Warwick town centre has been carried out with the full involvement of the public and we have carefully considered all the responses to the consultation.

“We are getting ever nearer to a scheme that will provide the best possible experience for visitors to the town, encouraging footfall into the town centre and giving its economy a boost.

“The Northgate scheme’s contribution to this will be an improved traffic flow reducing the amount of vehicles that are waiting and not moving, significantly improving air quality.

“The public realm will complement the rich heritage of the area and further enhance the experience of visiting Warwick. Inevitably there will be some disruption while the work is ongoing but this has been planned to keep this to a minimum.  I hope people will show patience while the work is taking place.”

Full details of the traffic management proposals, diversion routes and regular updates during the construction phase will be available from Wednesday 1st May 2019 via the County Council’s website at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/northgateworks. Access for deliveries to business properties will also be maintained and / or temporary arrangements agreed in advance with individual businesses.

To reduce the impact of traffic in the town centre during the works, motorists are encouraged to travel via alternative routes to access the town centre or travel by a different mode. Travel options can be viewed at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/activetravel. Alternatively, consider car sharing by signing up to https://liftshare.com/uk/community/carsharewarwickshire

The works will be managed by the County Council’s Highways Contractor – Balfour Beatty Living Places who will employ sub-contractors to carry out the various elements of the works. If you have any issues during the works please contact the project manager for Balfour Beatty, Living Places on 07598 982234.