17th Nov, 2019

Councillors say changes to ease congestion on Birmingham Road could still happen

CHANGES to ease congestion on the Birmingham Road could still happen despite a funding bid being rejected.

Stratford District Council’s bid for £2.7 million from the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP (CWLEP) to reduce congestion on the traffic-choked Stratford road was rejected, but councillours Peter Moorse and Jenny Fradgley believe measures which would cost less and could be implemented quickly are possible.

They have called on Cabinet to liaise with Warwickshire County Council to consider whether the two councils could ‘together contribute funds from reserves to implement quickly the lower cost proposals contained in the bid to the CWLEP.’

Coun Fradgley said: “The two main ideas are to change the direction of flow of the third lane in some of the three lane parts of Birmingham Road, to create extra capacity, and the creation of a new slip road into Tesco, to reduce the traffic going to the Maybird roundabout.

“The town was gridlocked again at times over Easter. The Transport Strategy is proving very controversial and in any event is a long term proposal, without any funding.

“What’s needed is action now and our motion is trying to bring that about.”

The Birmingham Road – one of the main routes into town – has long been plagued by traffic problems and was one of the main focuses in the town’s Transport Strategy. Many residents have voiced anger at the lack of cohesion between the timing of traffic lights as well as the actual number along the road.

A proposed western link road between Alcester Road and Birmingham Road would create an alternative route for traffic but there are not yet any concrete plans outlining the logistics of the route.

Encouraging people to use park and ride facilities as well as walking and cycling along the road were also outlined in the strategy.

The motion will be considered at the council meeting on Monday (April 24).

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