A TRANSPORT strategy which will include a controversial new relief road has been agreed by Stratford District Council.
It will now be added to Warwickshire’s Local Transport Plan – a document which will help shape Stratford and the county’s infrastructure until 2026.
The strategy – which was developed by the district council and Warwickshire County Council – includes controversial plans for a South Western Relief Road (SWRR) – which the council says is ‘essential’ to enable the full development of housing at Long Marston Airfield.
It will also include a closer look at a railway line between Stratford and Honeybourne and improving park and ride provision.
But plans for an Eastern Relief Road – which would have run from the Baraset Barn on Tiddington Road over the river – were removed from the strategy.
District housing spokesman Coun Peter Richards said: “The Stratford Area Transport Strategy is the culmination of vast amounts of work undertaken over a number of years.
“This is one of the most important documents that will influence the town and its future. A primary concern is the increasing levels of traffic congestion and the impact future housing and employment growth will have on the character of the town and transport infrastructure already operating under considerable strain.
“The strategy includes measures designed to tackle congestion and improve the transport system and town environment to meet the development needs and benefit residents, businesses and visitors.”
Key messages in the strategy also include a proposal for a town centre bus station, a review of current load restrictions through the town centre, and plans to provide an update on the status of the Birmingham Road Improvement Scheme – which is set to be developed by 2020 and will see changes made to help reduce congestion on the A3400.
Also included are plans to consider improving park and ride facilities, train connectivity and shared space in the centre of town and highlight the importance of maintaining cycling infrastructure and The Stratford Cycle Network Plan – which links towns with safer routes.