Updates

8 October 2020 – Road Closure

As you will be aware the resurfacing of Birmingham Road, Warwick has been completed. There is an additional road closure required on the evening of 12 and 13 October 2020 until the following morning on each of these days. This is to enable remedial works and repair of a water main to be carried out safely and efficiently.

Diversion routes will be displayed for the following road closures:

  • Birmingham Road, Warwick closures:
    • From 8pm on 12 October 2020 until 6am on 13 October 2020, and
    • From 8pm on 13 October 2020 until 6am on 14 October 2020
  • ​​​​​​​Closure for both these evening works will be from Stanks Island to Budbrooke Road, Warwick
  • ​​​​​​​Access to properties/businesses along and off Birmingham Road, Warwick will remain in place, please follow relevant signage and site instructions.

All temporary diversion routes will be clearly signposted for all to adhere to. If you require vehicular access to any road we are closing, we would kindly ask you to limit access if possible, during these works.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at stanksisland@warwickshire.gov.uk

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience whilst these works are taking place.

2 October 2020 - Progress report

18 September 2020 - Progress report

11 September 2020 – Update on road resurfacing

As you will be aware the resurfacing of Birmingham Road is ongoing and with progress being slower than anticipated, there is a final road closure needed the weekend 19 & 20 September 2020 to enable further work to be carried out safely and efficiently.

Diversion routes will be displayed for the following road closure:

  • Birmingham Road Closure (08:00 – 17:00hrs) on 19 & 20 September 2020
  • From Eastley Crescent to Wedgnock Lane, Warwick
  • At times the road will be fully closed from Wedgnock Lane to Budbrooke Road
  • Access to properties/businesses along and off Birmingham Road will remain in place, please follow relevant signage and site instructions.

All temporary diversion routes will be clearly signposted for all to adhere to. If you require vehicular access to any road we are closing, we would kindly ask you to limit access if possible, during these works.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at stanksisland@warwickshire.gov.uk

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience whilst these works are taking place.

28 August 2020 - Update

The resurfacing works along Birmingham Road, Warwick have been taking place this week. Unfortunately, progress has been slower than anticipated due to the effects of Storm Francis. These works will continue into next week from Tuesday 1 September 2020 under temporary traffic lights. These will be installed after 9am each day to allow for back to school traffic. 

The closure of Birmingham Road will remain in place today. Access to properties and businesses will still be available; You will be guided through the site via contractors’ staff. For general diversion route please follow signs.

Further updates on progress and changes to traffic management will follow in due course.

This is a very difficult phase of the works and conditions have been against us. We apologise for any additional inconvenience caused.

21 August 2020 - Progress report

17 July 2020 - Progress report

26 June 2020 - Progress report

5 June 2020 - Progress report

22 May 2020 - Progress report

8 May 2020 - Progress report

17 April 2020 - Progress report

3 April 2020 - Progress report

1 April 2020 - Covid-19 project update

Residents and regular users will be aware that works are continuing amidst the Covid-19 outbreak. Please be assured that this is only continuing while safe to do so and whilst following the specific guidance on construction sites set out by the government which includes but is not limited to:

  • Wherever possible workers should travel to site alone using their own transport
  • Require all workers to wash or clean their hands before entering or leaving the site
  • Avoiding close working - there will be situations where it is not possible or safe for workers to distance themselves from each other by 2 metres
  • Plan all other work to minimise contact between workers
  • Non-essential physical work that requires close contact between workers should not be carried out

This situation is continually being reviewed both internally and with the contractor. Works will only continue if they can be done safely and in accordance with the current guidelines. When government guidelines change these will be reviewed and acted upon. Currently, the Government's guidance is that construction work should continue.

These guidelines have meant that some operations on site have had to stop as these are impractical to carry out under social distancing guidance. However, where possible works are continuing as effectively as possible.

Also, because workers are encouraged to travel alone, there has been an increase in staff vehicles parked on public roads. We apologise for any inconvenience caused; we are trying to manage the situation as best possible.

Unfortunately, there have been reports of abuse against our site staff and contractors, and we ask for people to all remain courteous while the contractor’s staff carry out their work under very difficult conditions.

We would like to thank you for your continued patience and cooperation.

The Stanks Team

28 February 2020 - progress report

14 February 2020 - progress report

31 January 2020 - progress report

17 January 2020 - Progress report

15 January 2020 - Budbrooke Road

The right turn ban into Budbrooke Road from Birmingham Road as drivers approach from the A46 has been withdrawn. Without Wedgnock roundabout the original route into Budbrooke Road is not available. For drivers heading west (out of town), please be courteous and assist drivers in making this manoeuvre by leaving a gap where possible. This will all help to keep traffic flowing in both directions.

3 December 2019 - Progress report

21 November - Cemetery access

Pedestrian access to Warwick Cemetery via Birmingham Road is temporarily closed whilst the works are progressing in this area. Access in and out of the cemetery will now be via Wedgnock Lane. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

15 November 2019 - Progress report

View the latest updates and pictures for the Improvement Scheme as of November 15

5 November 2019 - Progress report

View the latest updates and pictures for the Improvement Scheme as of November 5

18 October 2019 - Progress report

View the latest updates and pictures for the Improvement Scheme as of October 18

27 September 2019 - Progress report

View the latest updates and pictures for the Improvement Scheme as of September 27

27 September 2019 - Important Safety Update

With works being progressed at various locations, the existing footpaths at such locations are no longer operational and have been closed accordingly.

At present the footpaths that are closed are as follows:

  • A46 Stanks Island Northern Footpath
  • A425 Birmingham Road Northern Footpath between Stanks Island to the Cemetery Access.
  • Wedgnock Roundabout Southern Footpath  

As a result of the above footpath closures, a safe pedestrian diversion route has been implemented throughout the site. Please refer to the below pedestrian management plans identifying the closures and associated diversion route.

Important safety information regarding the diversionary route

Access to Haywood Road - please use the temporary informal crossing opposite Haywood Road which incorporates a temporary refuge to aid safe crossing.

Crossing Birmingham Road Near Budbrooke Road - please use the temporary signal-controlled crossing erected on the Canal Bridge for safe crossing.

Wedgnock Roundabout South Footpath Closure - those who use this footpath from Warwick Town Centre direction should use the existing signal-controlled crossing near Sainsbury's and follow the diversion.

Crossing Wedgnock Roundabout - please use the existing crossing points located on the immediate approach/exit to Wedgnock Lane which incorporates a refuge to aid safe crossing.

Since the implementation of the diversion route, we have been reviewing all comments received for recommended improvement measures. As a result, WCC and NMCN have taken proactive action and the following amendments have and/or are to be made along the route:

  • Significant vegetation clearance to improve visibility and public safety.
  • Erecting pedestrian barriers at key locations for clearer delineation.
  • Improved advanced signing of closures.
  • Pedestrian Management Plan detailing closure locations and diversion routes to be erected at key locations for public information.
  • Erecting traffic barriers on Wedgnock Roundabout restricting lane widths in order to reduce vehicular speeds and reduce pedestrian crossing widths.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind all members of the public to adhere to safety measures that have been implemented across the site. Whilst some members of the public may consider measures such as pedestrian diversions to be excessive; these essential and important measures are necessary to ensure the safeguarding of the public throughout the duration of the works.

13 September 2019 - Progress report

View the latest updates and pictures for the Improvement Scheme.

August 29 2019 - Progress report

View the latest updates and pictures for the Improvement Scheme.

August 19 2019 - Birmingham Road North

From the week commencing August 19 2019, the work area labelled as "Birmingham Road North" on the week 2 phasing plan will be under two-way temporary signals. 

July 2019 - Construction commencement

Construction works are due to start on the Stanks Island and Birmingham Road Improvement Scheme on 5 August 2019. Initial works will be carried out offline and should not disrupt the flow of traffic unduly. There will however be a need for traffic management as the scheme progresses but this will be kept to a minimum as much as possible. Further information on working areas and traffic management will be released as it becomes available. Sign up to receive email alerts and future updates.

May 2019 - Construction works contract awarded

On 15 May 2019 the contract for the construction works for Phase 1 of the scheme was awarded to NMCN plc. Discussions will now take place to establish the actual works start and end date and the associated traffic management that will take place throughout the programme of works in order to minimise disruption. Once these discussions have taken place, more information will be released.

October 2018 – procurement of construction works

We are currently still working with those Contractors in order to achieve the best possible cost and programme before the contract is awarded. Work will start as early as possible in 2019.

July 2018 – procurement of construction works

On the 23 July 2018 procurement documentation was uploaded to WCC’s online procurement portal. Contractors that are signed up to Lot 3 of Design Services Construction Framework Contract now have an opportunity to submit costs for the works. At the end of the tender period, in five weeks’ time, the submitted bids will be reviewed and a contractor awarded. Once this is complete we will have a better indication of when the works are likely to start on site and the associated traffic management arrangements.

April 2018 – Bee Orchid relocation

A Preliminary Ecological Appraisal was carried out in March 2017 around Stanks Island and Birmingham Road in Warwick where improvement works are due to take place later this year. The survey found that Bee Orchids, a protected wildflower under Section 13 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981), was found in multiple locations along the verge adjacent to Haywood Road.

Bee Orchids are slow-growing plants which can take up to six years to reach the point of flowering, even then it may only flower once in its lifetime. The flowers resemble a female bee to help aid pollination.

It was recommended in the report that the wildflowers should be relocated in spring before the scheme commences.

On 25 April 2018 a team of Warwickshire County Council ecologists removed around 60 Bee Orchids from the verge. As they are a protected species they had to be removed in a particular way to prevent damage, this involved digging to a depth of approximately 300mm around the orchid and removing as a clump of soil and grass.

The removed sections of turf were then relocated either further along the verge closer to Stanks Island or to the wildflower area in Warwick Cemetery on the same day to prevent any further strain to the plant.

February 2018 – tree works

Some trees have been removed to provide space for the new road alignments and so that we can provide the cycleway throughout the extent of the new scheme. We have spent some time with WCC’s Arboricultural Officer to minimise the number of trees to be removed and have discussed with him a tree replacement plan after completion of the scheme as this will better suit local needs. The Arboricultural Officer sees the scheme as an opportunity to create a better planting layout using suitable species.

The plans below show which trees and areas of vegetation are being removed, as well as areas where replanting will occur.