Further delays over Birmingham Road improvements

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Birmingham Road. Photo: Mark Williamson. (B27/5/17/1756)

DESIGNERS are still working on plans to improve Birmingham Road more than a year after £2.7million of funding was secured for the scheme.

It has been a lengthy and difficult process even to get to this stage, with the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Project rejecting a bid for funding for the scheme. That rejection sparked anger in the town, though in June last year Warwickshire County Council agreed to step in and fund the improvement works themselves.

Since that time the council has remained quiet on the project, though when questioned by the Herald a spokesperson said: “The Birmingham Road scheme has secured funding from the Department for Transport and Warwickshire County Council are contributing to the funding.

“We went out to consultation on initial ideas. Currently we are working up a detailed design, with the majority of the work expected to be delivered during the financial year 2019/2020.”

Improvements proposed include a new slip road into Tesco, converting the existing two-lane outbound section to inbound from St Peter’s Way to Joseph Way, and widening two lanes between the Regal Road roundabout and Hamlet Way.

Stratford MP Nadhim Zahawi, who organised the Stratford Transport Summits to examine Stratford’s transport problems, said he is happy with the county council’s progress on the scheme and expects it to be completed next year.