MOTORISTS face five months of delays along the Warwick Road in Stratford as major safety upgrades get underway.
Warwickshire County Council said the project aims to significantly reduce the number of collisions and create a safer, more accessible environment for all road users and pedestrians.
But transport chiefs have not been able to rule out traffic disruption during the works, with one-way systems and diversion routes in place.
The road safety scheme will include a reduction in the speed limit, a protected turning lane at the Ingon Lane junction, which has experienced a high number of collisions, streetlighting to improve visibility of crossing pedestrians at fisherman’s car park, parking restrictions to prevent dangerous parking along the route, an off-road cycle lane, footway provisions which will better connect pedestrians to the town centre, as well as pedestrian crossing points.
In addition, there will also be signage and road lining improvements made across the entire route as well as a resurfacing of the carriageway. These works will be taking place from the junction of Welcome Road to the access of Ryan Hill Park, which is a distance of 2.8km.
It is expected that these works will take five months to complete. And WCC said it was committed to keeping disruption to a minimum.
A one-way southbound system will be implemented, and comprehensive diversion routes will be clearly signposted for the duration of works.
Ward member for Stratford North Coun Tim Sinclair said: “I’m delighted to see these important safety works getting underway. This project addresses residents’ concerns about speeding, dangerous parking, and the high accident rate on this road. The improved cycling and walking facilities are also welcome additions.”
WCC’s transport spokesperson Coun Jan Matecki added: “We’re committed to ensuring safe roads for everyone in Warwickshire. These comprehensive upgrades on the A439 Warwick Road are a major step forward in achieving that goal and ensuring that our residents are supported through excellent transport infrastructure.
“The new cycle lane, improved pedestrian crossings, and reduced speed limit will make this busy route much safer and more user-friendly for all who wish to use it.”
For more information visit https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/roadworksmap