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 governments 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
25th March 2020 Traffic Management Relaxations
Stanks Island/Birmingham Road Improvement - Project Update.
We hope that regular users and residents of the area will have seen some big steps forward on the project in recent weeks. Since the terrible winter weather has subsided, our contractor has been able step up the pace of work and has shown significant determination to get many new area’s paved and ready to open up for use.
This has become particularly important over the past week or so as the Covid-19 crisis has gripped the entire world. There is a great deal of uncertainty about how this will start to affect construction projects, so we are keen to get as many area’s completed and opened for use as quickly as we can.
We are seeing unprecedented reduction in traffic at all times of the day and the peak periods have virtually disappeared. We intend to use this phenomenon to relax the time restrictions on the Traffic Management to enable a full working day from 08:00 – 17:00 where we can. This is a change to the restriction that has been in place to date, where we have been restricted to 09:30 – 15:30.
We apologise for any additional inconvenience this may cause, but it will help us make more areas of the site safe for use and put us in a better position if we do have to temporarily halt work.
The Stanks Team.
28 February 2020 - progress report
- View the latest updates and pictures for the Improvement Scheme as of 28 February 2020 (PDF, 1.8 MB)
14 February 2020 - progress report
- View the latest updates and pictures for the Improvement Scheme as of 14 February 2020 (PDF, 1.5 MB)
31 January 2020 - progress report
- View the latest updates for the Stanks Island and Birmingham Road Improvement Scheme as of 31 January 2020 (PDF, 1.1 MB).
21 January 2020 - Temporary traffic signals
On Monday 27 January 2020, there will be three-way temporary traffic signals in effect on the junction of Birmingham Road and Budbrooke Road for a period of 8 weeks. The temporary signals will be in operation Monday to Friday from 9.30am until 4pm and on most Saturdays. We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause.
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.
18 December 2019 - Temporary Traffic Orders
From 13 January 2020 until Spring 2020 the following Temporary Traffic Orders will be in place:
- Wedgnock Lane southbound will be closed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from its junction with Cape Road to Wedgnock roundabout.
- Westbound traffic on the A425 will no longer be able to turn right onto Wedgnock Lane and will be diverted around Stanks Island and back where turning left into Wedgnock Lane is permitted. This will be in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Traffic from Budbrooke Road will be banned from turning right onto Birmingham Road from 9.30am until 3.30pm Monday to Friday if temporary signals are in use. During this time traffic will be diverted around Stanks Island and back. Without this ban, three-way temporary traffic signals would be required which would cause significant delays to the network.
These restrictions are required to enable the transformation of Wedgnock roundabout into a signalised T-junction. Completing this is fundamental to delivering the benefits of the scheme, for example, improved flow of traffic out of Warwick Town Centre during peak pm periods.
Traffic modelling has revealed that closing the road southbound is the safest option with the least impact on the network. However, the closure will cause congestion during the am and pm rush hours. Therefore, we advise that you plan all journeys in advance and allow plenty of time.
You may wish to consider alternative forms of transport when travelling to work. If you own or manage a business nearby and there is an option for staff to work flexibly, either by working from home or by altering start and finish times, then you may wish to consider this to help reduce the number of vehicles on the network during rush hours.
Advanced signage of the closure will be erected on 2 January 2020.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your continued cooperation.
December 9 2019 - 3 Way traffic lights
There will be three-way lights on the Wedgnock Roundabout for one day on the 18 December 2019. They will be in operation during off-peak times only. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
December 3 2019 - 3 Way traffic lights
On Wednesday 4 December there will be temporary three-way lights on the junction of Birmingham Road and Budbrooke Road for a couple of hours off-peak and for one day only. This is to rectify some issues found with the utilities. We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause.
December 3 2019 - Progress report
November 22 - 3 Way traffic lights
On Wednesday 27 November temporary traffic lights will be installed on the Birmingham Road/Budbrooke Road Junction for one day only. These lights will be in operation during off peak hours.
November 21 - 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.
November 15 2019 - Progress report
November 5 2019 - Progress report
October 18 2019 - Progress report
September 27 2019 - Progress report
September 27 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 safeguarding of the public throughout the duration of the works.
September 13 2019 - Progress report
September 11 2019 - Temporary Traffic Signals and Junction Closures
Starting from the 16 September there will be 3 way temporary traffic signals in place at the Birmingham Road/Haywood Road junction. The signals will be operating Monday to Friday 9.30am until 3.30pm until 23 September. From 23 of September, 2 way traffic signals will then be in place for a number of weeks.
The temporary signals on Haywood/Birmingham Road is to maintain a safe working zone, utilise the space for site plant and enable the following works:
- Removal and Installation of Drainage
- Excavation of kerb lines
- Multiple utility diversions
From 23 September until the end of March 2020, the southern section of Haywood Road will be closed to vehicles at it's junction with Birmingham Road. Vehicles wishing to enter and exit Haywood Road will have to do so via Wedgnock Lane. This is required to help join the new road to the existing road and to complete various utility diversions.
August 29 2019 - Progress report
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.