October 26th, 2016

Bid to free up Warwick’s traffic-choked town centre

Bid to free up Warwick’s traffic-choked town centre Bid to free up Warwick’s traffic-choked town centre
Photo by Robin Stott (Creative Commons Licence).

TOWNSPEOPLE in Warwick are being urged to have their say on plans to free the town’s traffic-choked centre.

A number of proposals aimed at reducing traffic hold-ups, improving life for pedestrians and cyclists, and also improving air quality have been highlighted following a transport review by Warwickshire County Council.

Proposed ideas include a new 20mph zone for the town centre; wider pavements and new crossing points for pedestrians; improved cycle links; changes to traffic routes; junction alterations at key town centre gateways; priority signals for buses; and reduced street clutter.

Warwick’s county councillors John Holland (Warwick West), Angela Warner (Warwick South) and Jenny St John (Warwick North) have been involved in developing the proposals.

County transport spokesman Coun Peter Butlin said: “Our shared vision is for Warwick to be a better place to live, work and visit.

“Our proposals to improve the town centre are wide-ranging and I encourage people to give their views on the various ideas.”

Subject to securing the necessary funding, the proposals could be delivered in the next two to five years, although the opportunity exists to bring in some of the proposals, such as a 20mph speed limit in the town centre and alterations to the junction at Northgate in the coming year.

A public exhibition will launch on Thursday July 7 at the Warwick Town Community Forum at WarwickSpace in Coten End. A public exhibition will also be held in the Market Place outside Shire Hall on July 8 and 9 July, from 10am to 4pm.

Representatives from the county council’s transport planning will be in attendance to answer queries.

Alternatively, visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/warwicktowncentre to see details of the proposals. The website will be live from July 8.

Feedback forms will be available to complete at the exhibition and online on the ‘Ask Warwickshire’ website at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/consultations.