Warwickshire County Council has officially opened the new and improved Northgate junction, the latest in a series of improvements that is transforming Warwick town centre for residents, commuters and visitors.
The completed works are part of a major scheme, in and around Warwick, aimed at improving traffic flow and air quality, and have enhanced a key gateway into the town, making it more attractive for those working or visiting the town as well as for those considering setting up a business.
Since opening, congestion around Cape Road, Priory Road and The Butts has reduced, which is resulting in improved commuter journey times plus reduced stationary traffic with its associated air pollution. For pedestrians, safer, wider pathways and improved access is set to encourage walking as a safe means of getting around Warwick.
Councillor Jeff Clarke, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Transport and Planning, said: “I am delighted to formally declare the end of the Northgate works. A lot of hard work went into this scheme and it will have great and far-reaching benefits.
“Increasingly, people visit town centres not just to buy goods but to have an experience. This work has gone a long way to making sure that the visitors to Warwick town centre have an overwhelmingly positive experience, however they travel, and will want to come back again and again.
“Air is discernibly cleaner as a result of reduced congestion, particularly around Northgate Street, and the wonderful new public area offers a pleasant place to sit and enjoy the beautiful view of St Mary’s Church.
“It is now a far more enticing area and I want to thank everyone who worked so hard to put this scheme into effect.”
Warwickshire County Council thanks residents and motorists for their support and patience during the works.