It is good news for residents of Rugby Borough as Warwickshire County Council Cabinet approved funding for a casualty reduction scheme on one of the county’s major accident blackspots.
The planned casualty reduction scheme in Rugby aims to tackle a long-standing casualty hotspot for traffic collisions which has often resulted in in personal injury to Rugby residents. The junction of Lawford Road and Addison Road has featured consistently on the County’s annual list of junctions with a poor safety record.
The proposed improvements to the road layout of this junction will be beneficial to all road users and especially to vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists, the latter having been involved in a significant percentage of collisions at the junction.
The main features of this casualty reduction scheme will be:
- A compact roundabout to replace the existing mini-roundabout at the junction of Lawford Road and Addison Road;
- A realignment of Lawford Road and Addison Road carriageways into the new compact roundabout t junction;
- Removal of the existing dedicated left turn lanes from Addison Road and Lawford Road (westbound);
- Provision of dedicated cycleways to remove some cyclists from the carriageway prior to the new junction; and
- A new puffin crossing on Lawford Road
The total cost of the Lawford Road Addison Road casualty reduction scheme is £847,000 (£678, 000 in 2018/19 and £169, 000 in 2019/20). Cabinet approved that the scheme will be funded by £64, 000 from the Members’’ delegated budgets of local members’ Butlin and O’Rourke, which will be used in 2018/19; and the remainder of £783, 000 is to come from the Capital Improvement Fund (CIF)
Cllr Maggie O’Rourke, elected member for New Bilton & Overslade Ward in Rugby whose delegated budget is part funding the scheme, said:
“ I’ve been campaigning for improvements at this junction since I was first elected over five years ago. I know fellow Councillor are aware of the current issues with the junction of Lawford and Addison Roads which are being regularly raised by residents who I am certain will welcome the approval of this casualty reduction scheme”
Cllr Peter Butlin, deputy leader of Warwickshire County Council and local Councillor for Admirals & Cawston Ward in Rugby, said of the scheme:
“Casualty Reduction Schemes such as that planned for the junction of Lawford and Addison Roads in Rugby are a key element of Warwickshire County Council’s commitment to keep all our residents safe from harm whilst ensuring all of our communities are supported by excellent transport infrastructure. I have welcomed the opportunity to pool my delegated councillor budget with Cllr O’Rouke in order to fund this necessary scheme.”
Following Cabinet approval of the scheme, there will be a period of formal public consultation with local residents that will take place late summer 2018.
More information about casualty reduction schemes in Warwickshire are available on the Warwickshire website: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/trafficcalming