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Campaigners warn relief road could cause accident blackspot

Ian Hughes 2nd Mar, 2018

CAMPAIGNERS are urging a rethink over plans for a section of the controversial South Western Relief Road which they fear would create an accident blackspot.

The planned £30million road – which has been included in Stratford District Council’s core strategy planning document – would run between the Shipston Road near Orchard Hill Farm and Luddington Road near the racecourse in a bid to relieve congestion.

But campaign group Stratford Residents Action Group (SRAG) say the road, including a bridge spanning the Avon, would be nothing more than a blot on the landsacpe.

And they are particularly concerned at proposals for traffic lights or a roundabout at the bottom of Borden Hill, at the Luddington Road turning, connecting the new Shottery Estate Road where the 800 Bloor Homes are being built,

A SRAG spokesperson said: “These proposals not only raise serious concerns for the public’s safety, it also presents

another bottle neck of traffic, that will cause further traffic chaos to the town.

“SRAG have asked the district council to properly assess alternative road options, that aren’t so close to

Stratford town centre, which will significantly reduce increased congestion unlike the current plans for the South West Relief Road.

But the district council has told SRAG it will not consider any alternative routes.

Cala Homes will fund the proposed road as part of its creation of the 3,500 home garden village at Long Marston airfield.

The developer is preparing a detailed application for the road, which it plans to submit to the district council in May.

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