When are the works planned to start?
Works will commence on 5 August 2019 and will last for approximately 40 weeks.
How is the project being funded?
The project is being funded through a combination of Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership – Government Growth Deal funding, developer funding and funding from Warwickshire County Council.
The funding for the project from the CWLEP is part of an overall £89.4m Growth Deal Package for Coventry and Warwickshire.
How will traffic signals improve the flow of traffic?
Implementing signals is the next step to help ease congestion on a roundabout that is operating at capacity, multiple sets of signals can be linked together to minimise queuing and help improve the flow of traffic. Signals will use a traffic control system that can detect vehicles and adjust their settings in order to respond to fluctuations in traffic, thus minimising any delays.
Where will the traffic signals be located?
The black stop lines on the plans indicate where traffic signals will be installed. This includes Stanks Island roundabout, Haywood Road junction, Wedgnock Lane junction and Birmingham Road.
Why are shared pedestrian and cycle facilities going to be provided?
Shared pedestrian and cycling facilities are being provided in order to create better links between the town centre, residential and business area, towards Budbrooke, Hatton and the station.
How will this scheme impact on the Warwick town centre proposals?
Warwick Town Centre proposals are available to view online. Improvements to the traffic flow at Stanks Island and on Birmingham Road will support the changes proposed for the town centre.
How was the current plan developed?
In developing the overall scheme a number of different options were considered and were run through the Warwick traffic model. Modelling allows for the comparison of the before and after scenario taking into account both the current traffic flows (dated 2013, time of scheme development) and the predicted future traffic flows. General increases in traffic over time is calculated from national sources, and from traffic relating to the anticipated growth in the area as a result of the industrial and residential developments set out in the Local Plan.
The model outputs, and the modelling of different options, which has included additional traffic signals, pedestrian crossings and traffic lanes, has been assessed in conjunction with the physical restrictions on Birmingham Road, for example, residential driveways, level differences between the road and the footway, and the location of trees and utilities. The current plans take the results of these assessments in to account and reflect the most effective overall scheme in terms of highway capacity, provision of facilities for pedestrian and cyclists, safety, deliverability and financial viability.
How will the plans affect Eastley Crescent?
The Eastley Crescent junction will now be adjacent to the traffic signal junction with Haywood Road. The traffic signals here will have the effect of eliminating the dangerous manoeuvres that have been reported and it will also provide a direct route from Haywood Road to the A46 junction, therefore removing traffic from the section of road between Wedgnock Lane and Haywood Road. Because of the traffic signals on Birmingham Road, traffic is expected to move in platoons with gaps in between which will allow drivers to pull out. Drivers turning right will need to pull across more lanes than they currently do, but the traffic on Birmingham Road will also be regularly stopped allowing them to do this.
A number of residents have raised concerns about the practicalities of turning both left and right out of Eastley Crescent, and in order to acknowledge this concern we will be including a yellow box junction at this point. Please note that this will not be shown yet on the drawings on the website, or on the leaflets, but will be included on the drawings for the contractor and be included in the presentations that we will undertake with the contractor in advance of the works on site.
Why are traffic signals not being installed at the Budbrooke Road junction?
WCC Policy sets out the recommendations for including traffic signal junctions at side roads. Budbrooke Road, although it has an industrial function, does not have the average level of delay in the peak hours to support the installation of additional signals here. The junction currently operates as a left in, left and right out. We are aware that turning right out can be difficult and that the alternate route: turning left out, driving around Stanks Island and returning can be preferable.
In the new layout, traffic will be able to turn left and right into the junction as a result of the inclusion of a right turning lane, which will allow vehicles to wait in the middle of the carriageway for a gap. Vehicles will still be able to turn left and right out of the junction, however turning right will mean crossing additional lanes of traffic from the current scenario.
In order to address these concerns, some work will be undertaken to widen the exit of the junction to improve the left and right turning movement and a yellow box junction will be installed to assist those turning right out of the junction. The facility to turn left and then drive around Stanks Island and return will still be available, although this will mean driving through a number of sets of traffic signals. The signals will all be linked together to form a system rather than being individually controlled, this allows for the traffic coming into the area to be managed in order to minimise queuing and delay.