Motorists can expect five months of delays travelling through Warwick - The Leamington Observer

Motorists can expect five months of delays travelling through Warwick

Leamington Editorial 14th May, 2024   0

MOTORISTS can expect five months of traffic disruption as work begins on a new cycle route through Warwick.

The scheme will see the construction of a new cycle track along the western side of Coventry Road between the Grand Union canal bridge at Woodloes Park, and St John’s – completing a key link in the local network.

New crossing points will be included along the route including Warwickshire’s first ‘Parallel Crossings’ – a combined zebra crossing with a separate crossing for people cycling – installed across both arms of Guys Cross Park Road.

Work began on Tuesday (May 14) and will continue until September.

Temporary traffic lights will be used between 9.30am and 3.30pm to manage the flows of traffic on Coventry Road and Warwickshire County Council has warned there may be some travel disruption during the construction period. Motorists are being advised to consider travelling at less busy times or use alternative routes.

Access to adjacent residential and business properties on Coventry Road will be maintained throughout.

WCC’s transport spokesperson Coun Jan Matecki said: “It is really exciting to see work is getting underway to deliver this key active travel link. We are very grateful to local residents and stakeholders who provided comments during the development phases of this scheme. We looked in detail at the feedback and reviewed the designs which enabled us to refine some of the original proposals.

“This important cycle link will provide new opportunities for active travel journeys to be made along this corridor, supporting journeys to local destinations such as Warwick train station and Warwick hospital. The scheme will contribute towards our ambitions to develop comprehensive cycle route networks in Warwickshire’s main towns and make cycling a natural choice for local journeys with its benefits of reduced carbon emissions and improved air quality, tackling congestion and supporting physical activity.”

The A429 Coventry Road scheme is part of WCC’s programme to improve and extend the network of walking and cycling routes in and around Warwickshire’s towns.

The scheme is funded by WCC, the government’s Cycle Rail Routes to Stations Grant Fund and the government’s Getting Building Fund through Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

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