Kenilworth Road cycle route, Leamington Spa

We are developing a new cycle route on the Kenilworth Road. This will provide a continuous and safe off road cycle route alongside the A452 between Binswood Avenue and Northumberland Road and a new signed cycle route along Beauchamp Road and Binswood Avenue, between Leamington Spa town centre and Kenilworth Road.

The work is being arranged to start in January 2023, following final approval by Warwickshire County Council's Portfolio Holder for Transport and Planning. The main phase of works will take place between January and mid-April. Some of the traffic signals upgrade works and other elements, which are subject to statutory consultation, are expected to be delivered in a second phase in the summer.

The Kenilworth Road Cycle Route is one part of an ambitious Active Travel project to provide a 5km walking, wheeling and cycling route alongside the A452 between Kenilworth and Leamington (K2L). This includes a new foot and cycle bridge across the River Avon near Chesford Grange. The Kenilworth Road Cycle Route is the first scheme within K2L Section 1: Leamington Spa town centre to Bericote roundabout.

The Kenilworth Road Cycle Route and K2L are also part of a wider programme to improve and extend the networks of walking and cycling routes in and around Warwickshire’s towns. The aim is to create a safe and attractive environment for walking and cycling, so that they become the natural choices for shorter journeys and outdoor recreation in Warwickshire. Detailed proposals and scheme priorities are set out in the draft Warwickshire Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan.

Making it easier for people to walk and cycle for short local journeys will also help to tackle congestion, improve air quality, reduce carbon emissions, and support an increase in physical activity.

The Kenilworth Road scheme is being funded by the Government’s ‘Getting Building Fund’ through the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Community Engagement

Community engagement on this project took place in Autumn 2022. A summary of the community engagement is included as Appendix A in the Portfolio Holder report here (PDF, 226 KB).

We are very grateful to residents and to local and regional stakeholder groups who provided comments and completed the survey forms. This feedback, alongside further design reviews, has led to a number of changes and refinements to the original proposals. Some of the changes are being included in the current construction works, whilst other elements will be subject to advertisement of further notices.

Details of the changes and a revised scheme overview plan are available below.

Scheme description and design changes following community engagement

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Proposals for Kenilworth Road cycle route
Ref Proposed measures (August 2022) Measures and minor changes included in construction works (scheduled to start January 2023) Other proposed changes following local engagement in Autumn 2022 but subject to further Statutory Consultation or advertisement (expected February 2023)
2.1 New pedestrian and cyclist crossing refuge on Clarendon Avenue including extension of cycle lanes and removal of up to four parking spaces to provide a safe crossing point for pedestrians and cyclists between Beauchamp Road and the town centre, and to link with existing cycling facilities on Tavistock Street.   Removal of parking spaces/ extension of double yellow lines/ extension of mandatory cycle lane to be subject to further Statutory Consultation (Traffic Regulation Order). Crossing refuge remains part of the scheme proposals but cannot be constructed until Statutory Consultation has been completed.
2.2 Pavement extension and provision of cycle parking stands on Beauchamp Road to enable cyclists to park up and continue to Leamington town centre on foot.   Pavement extension and provision of cycle parking stands on Beauchamp Road to be constructed at same time as item 1 (crossing refuge) following Statutory Consultation on removal of parking spaces/ extension of double yellow lines/ extension of mandatory cycle lane.
2.3 On-road advisory cycle route to be signed between Clarendon Avenue and Kenilworth Road, along Beauchamp Road and Binswood Avenue.   On-road advisory cycle route to be provided on completion of Clarendon Avenue crossing (see items 1 and 2 above).
2.4

3.0m wide separate cycle track along the eastern side of Kenilworth Road between Binswood Avenue, and Cloister Crofts (approximately 720 metres). 

The new cycle track would be created by reallocating road space from the carriageway, removal of right turning lanes for Cloister Crofts and Woodcote Road, and removal of the refuge island at Cloister Crofts. The right turn lane into Lillington Avenue will be retained. Pedestrians would retain the 2.0m wide footway in front of properties, separated from the cycle track by either a white line or low kerb. The new 3.0m wide cycle track would be at footway level with a kerb next to the main carriageway. The cycle track would commence just north of Binswood Avenue near the existing pedestrian and cycle crossing (Toucan crossing) and shared footway, and end just north of Cloister Crofts. There will be short sections of shared footway at bus stops, pedestrian crossings and side roads.

3.0m to 3.5m wide separate cycle track along the eastern side of Kenilworth Road between Binswood Avenue, and Cloister Crofts to be included in construction works starting January 2023.

Right turning lanes for Cloister Crofts and Woodcote Road to be removed.  Traffic data has been collected and traffic modelling undertaken. This shows that the junctions continue to operate well with the scheme in place, and in future years, and the removal of the right-turn lanes has no significant impact.

The existing refuge island (pedestrian crossing)  near Cloister Crofts to be relocated to a position closer to Northumberland Road, and upgraded to a larger refuge with dropped kerbs and tactile paving.  This reflects the comments over the need to retain a safe crossing point for pedestrians to access bus stops between Cloister Crofts and Northumberland Road.

 
2.5 Pavement widening and creation of short sections of shared use footway/ cycle track adjacent to bus stops, pedestrian crossings and side roads. Wide shared-use footways (up to 5.0m wide) will be provided at two bus stops and at side road crossings and crossings to provide more space for crossover movements by pedestrians and bus passengers. Pavement widening and creation of short sections of shared use footway/ cycle track to be included in construction works starting January 2023.  Some additional widening has been included, in response to local feedback.  
2.6 Upgrade of existing signal-controlled pedestrian crossing (Puffin) to a pedestrian and cycle crossing (Toucan) on the Lillington Avenue (East arm) of the crossroads junction.    Upgrade of existing signal-controlled pedestrian crossing to a Toucan crossing to be included in later phase of construction works.
2.7

Priority crossing for pedestrians and cyclists across Woodcote Road (east) cul-de-sac. Motorists will be expected to give way to cyclists and pedestrians wishing to cross. A road hump and give way markings will be provided to encourage this.

Detailed design work has indicated that it may not be possible to provide a road hump on Woodcote Road within the adopted highway.  However, additional traffic data indicated that traffic levels are very low. Construction works starting January 2023 to include buildouts/ reduction in the crossing distance to provide easier crossing for pedestrians and cyclists at Woodcote Road.

Construction works to include continuous footway/ cycle track across Gables House private access – which was requested in feedback comments.

Following requests in local engagement, an additional priority crossing is proposed at Cloister Crofts.  This road hump to be subject to advertisement of a Section 90 notice and local consultation before being implemented.
2.8 Pavement widening and creation of shared use footway/ cycle track between Cloister Crofts and Gables House (approximately 265 metres of footway, from 50 metres north of junction with Cloister Crofts to 20 metres north of Gables House). The wider footway would be created by reallocating road space from the carriageway and removal of northbound right turn lane and traffic e island at Gables House. The right turn lane for southbound vehicles into Northumberland Road will be retained.

Pavement widening and creation of shared use footway/ cycle track north of Cloister Crofts to be included in construction works starting January 2023.  

Right turn lane into Northumberland Road to be retained.  

 
2.9

Extension of double yellow lines. Parking restrictions will be extended to cover both sides of Kenilworth Road (between Binswood Avenue and Gables House, north of Northumberland Avenue).

  Extension of double yellow lines to be subject to further Statutory Consultation/ Traffic Regulation Order,  following a good level of support from local residents and stakeholders.
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Local engagement indicated a demand for additional cycle connections between the west side of Kenilworth Road and cycle track on the east side.  Further measures to be subject to advertisement of Section 23 and Section 65/66 notices to enable cyclists to cross over at additional locations and travel along short sections on the west side of Kenilworth Road:

  • Conversion of the Puffin crossing north of Woodcote Road, with a section of shared use footway/ cycle track between the crossing and Woodcote Road.
  • Shared use of the relocated crossing refuge south of Northumberland Road, with a section of shared use footway/ cycle track between the crossing and Northumberland Road.

Previous plans

You can view the scheme plans from the community engagement in Autumn 2022 below:

Previous scheme documents: footway conversion and pedestrian crossing upgrade

You can view the previous scheme documents relating to footway conversion and pedestrian crossing upgrade below:

Contact us

For more information, please get in touch by emailing tpu@warwickshire.gov.uk.