IMPROVEMENTS to the congested Birmingham Road have finally started.
Work is underway on the first phase of the £6.5million scheme to improve the section between Windsor Street to the Arden Street junction – expected to last ten weeks.
The work will continue to the A46 roundabout, bringing cycling, pedestrian and vehicle access improvements along the full length of the Birmingham Road.
Construction was initially due to start in March but, following national guidance around access to vaccination centres, the work was delayed.
Warwickshire County Council transport spokesman Coun Wallace Redford said: “I am delighted to see the Birmingham Road improvement scheme begin. This first phase of the scheme will see the creation of a two-way cycle lane, improved crossing facilities, new paving and surfacing throughout, creating a much more pleasant gateway to the town centre.
“The benefits are twofold. Creating a more pleasant gateway to the town centre will support the local economy, attracting visitors and those making return visits. The improvements for cycling and pedestrian access will also reduce congestion and support improved air quality in and around the town centre.
“The county council is committed to creating and sustaining a vibrant economy while having climate change and the need to address that at the heart of everything that we do. This scheme does both.
“This is an exciting project that will bring improvements for pedestrians and all road users.”
Works to the rest of the road are in detailed design stage and will be implemented during 2022.
Consideration is being given to the timing of the works to ensure that traffic congestion and inconvenience is kept to a minimum.
Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/birminghamroadstratford for more information.