Proposals

The need to tackle congestion on the corridor was identified as one of the two key priorities from the Stratford Traffic Summits.

The proposals have been developed to meet the following objectives. These objectives reflect the various roles that the corridor needs to perform:

  • Managing the flow of traffic along the corridor
  • Improving conditions for pedestrians, cyclists and enhancing the overall public realm
  • Improving connectivity to the corridor from within Stratford
  • Supporting growth and the tourist economy.

The proposals vary in their complexity. Whilst some could be delivered within a relatively short timeframe (subject to funding) of 1 to 2 years, others are linked to the proposed redevelopment in the corridor (e.g. Canal Quarter redevelopment) and could only be delivered in the medium/longer term.

Birmingham Road - upper section

A46 Bishopton Roundabout to north of Tesco/Maybird

Role of the upper section

  • As a main route linking Stratford town with the A46 at Bishopton Roundabout.
  • Providing side road access to a number of residential and business areas.
  • Providing access to Stratford Park and Ride and Stratford Parkway rail station.
Proposals Effect of proposals
1. Conversion of existing 2 lane outbound section to inbound from St Peter’s Way to Joseph Way – the outside lane of the existing 2-lane section is not particularly well used by motorists.
  • Slight improvement in journey time on the corridor in conjunction with widening proposals on mid-section of corridor. Reductions are greatest when combined with the inbound widening option (proposal 3A).
2. Provide a new and safe footpath, cycle way, crossing point and bus stop on the section of road between Squirrels Street and Worths Way.
  • To allow for residents from the new housing developments on the west side of the Birmingham Road, to safely navigate along and across the Birmingham Road.
3. Improved pedestrian and cycle linkages between Maybird / Tesco site and the northern part of the corridor.
  • Improved connectivity between the northern area of the corridor and the Maybird site for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • A section of footway to the north of the Maybird centre is narrow with a dedicated parking bay on the footway. Any shared use footway would be narrow along this section.
Bishopton Roundabout improvements.
  • The A46 and Bishopton Roundabout is the responsibility of Highways England which is currently developing an improvement scheme for the junction. The County Council will be working with Highways England to ensure the scheme will complement the various proposals being put forward for the Birmingham Road corridor.

Birmingham road upper section consultation (PDF, 1.24 MB)

 

Birmingham Road - mid section

Hamlet Way to Regal Road roundabout

Role of the mid-section

  • Access to the Maybird Shopping Park / Tesco as well as to other retail destinations which serve a wide catchment area.
  • As a local ‘high street’ for residents in the area.
  • Providing side road or direct access to residential areas.
  • As part of the main route linking Stratford town with the A46 at Bishopton Roundabout.
Proposals Effect of proposals
4a. Road widening to 2 lanes inbound between Regal Road roundabout and the merge point north of Hamlet Way.
  • Moderate improvement in journey time on the corridor. The benefit is greater than with the outbound widening option.
  • Moderate journey time savings in the morning peak period (southbound). Only slight changes in other periods.
  • Narrowing of shared use/cycle/footway as a result of road widening. The narrowing is greater than for the outbound proposal – this could be reduced by converting the right hand bay into Maybrook Road to a running lane. Right turns into Maybrook Road would still be allowed.
4b. Road widening to 2 lanes outbound between Regal Road roundabout and the merge point north of Hamlet Way
  • Slight improvement in journey time on the corridor. The benefit is not as marked as with inbound widening (proposal 3A).
  • Slight improvements in the afternoon peak (northbound) and Saturday (northbound), with a slight reduction on a Saturday (southbound).
  • Narrowing of shared use/cycle/footway as a result of road widening, although to a lesser extent than with the inbound proposal (proposal 3A).
5. Dedicated slip road into the Tesco car park from Birmingham Road (inbound direction).
  • No significant impact on journey times in the morning and afternoon peak periods.
  • For the Saturday peak periods (when demand is highest), the slip road is essential to avoid excessive delay and congestion.
6. Relocation of pedestrian/cycle crossing so that it is opposite the main pedestrian entrance to the Maybird.
  • Improved pedestrian link to the Maybird.

Birmingham road mid section consultation (PDF, 1.74 MB)

Birmingham Road - lower section

Regal Road to Guild Street

  • Gateway to Stratford town centre.
  • Providing side road access to a range of shopping facilities, residential areas and local businesses.
  • Access to Stratford town rail station via Western Road.
  • Part of the main route linking Stratford town with the A46 at Bishopton Roundabout.
Proposals Effect of proposals
7. In conjunction with the inbound widening proposal 3A for the mid-section, extend the 2-lane inbound section from Regal Road roundabout to Arden Street junction.

 

It is proposed that the 2nd inbound lane could be achieved by converting the right turn bays to an additional traffic lane, with all right turn movements accommodated from this lane.

  • Enables a 2 lane section (inbound) to be introduced from Hamlet Way to Arden Street junction.
  • Removal of dedicated right turn bay (northbound) for Bardswell Court to accommodate additional traffic lane (inbound). Keep clear markings could
    be introduced across inbound lanes to ease turning movements into Bardswell Court.
  • Removal of dedicated right turn bays for each right turn may result in an increase in shunt type accidents. Changes to signing and road markings could help to alleviate this.
8. Improved pedestrian and cycle linkages between Stratford town centre and Maybird / Tesco site including:

 

Arden Street – Western Road

  • Widen footway / cycleway into road by approx 1m (into existing cycle lane).

Windsor Street – Arden Street

  • Renew cycle lanes and logos.

Arden Street junction

  • Widen out footway on approaches to junction to enable continuous cycle facility,
  • Remove ‘End of Route’ signs for cyclists,
  • New pedestrian route through Stratford gateway development.
  • Remove block paving and provide new tarmac surface, removing segregation.
  • Continuous shared use pedestrian/cycle facility along this stretch of the corridor.
  • Improved connectivity between the Maybird site and Stratford town centre.

Birmingham road lower section consultation (PDF, 1.32 MB)