WORKS have been paused along Birmingham Road to allow access to the covid vaccination centre at Stratford Hospital.
Warwickshire County Council has announced the decision to halt phase one of the Birmingham Road Improvement Scheme – from the Windsor Street junction to the Arden Street junction – as the roll out of the vaccine gathers pace.
The council says it remains committed to the scheme which aims to improve the road surface and create cycling and pedestrian pathways, but safe access to the centre ook priority with increased numbers of residents expected to be driving to the site.
County council transport spokesman Jeff Clarke said: “The county had moved at real pace to be ready to roll out the improvements in March. However, it is essential that we prioritise all our efforts to supporting the rollout of the covid-19 vaccines in order to control the virus. We will therefore pause the works on the Birmingham Road.
“Warwickshire County Council remains committed to supporting the residents of Stratford with excellent transport infrastructure and opportunities to walk or cycle safely. These works will be started at the earliest possible opportunity.”
Stratford MP and vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi added: “The county council has done great work in preparing for the improvements scheduled for March and I thank them for it. But given the national picture, it is absolutely right that all current efforts are focused on the vaccine rollout. I therefore support this decision and look forward to works starting on the Birmingham Road as soon as possible”.
Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/roads-transport to learn more about the scheme.