September 13 2019 - Progress report

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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

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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.