Major traffic improvements in Coventry underway due to Local Growth Fund

Tuesday 14th of August 2018 08:29 AM

Major traffic improvements at the opposite ends of a key road network in Coventry are to get underway this summer after receiving government funding.

Coventry City Council is carrying out signal upgrade works on the A45 from Bathway Road to Sir Henry Parkes Road in Canley and making changes to the A45 Pickford Way roundabout near Allesley Park.

The projects are going ahead after £950,000 funding was awarded from the Government’s Local Growth Fund through the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP).

Work at Bathway Road has already begun and will continue on a rolling programme until the end of September.

The scheme involves installing the Split Cycle and Offset Optimisation Technique (SCOOT) to link nine signalised junctions and two signalised pedestrian crossings over 5.5 km.

The four-signal junction will also be upgraded and a system that uses detectors and signal controllers will be installed.

The final piece of the jigsaw will involve adding bus priority measures at five signalised junctions and pedestrian crossings.

The other major roadworks are to the existing roundabout at the A45 Pickford Way which is to be altered to provide additional pedestrian crossings across the entry and exit slip roads.

Signals will also be installed at two sections of the roundabout, CCTV cameras are to be fitted and resurfacing work will be completed. There will also be minor work to install and upgrade pedestrian footpaths.

Cllr Jayne Innes, Cabinet Member for City Services at Coventry City Council, said these are two important traffic infrastructure projects which will increase pedestrian safety at busy junctions.

She said: “The completion of the work will mean all the signalised junctions including pedestrian crossings will be linked from Bathway Road to the Broad Lane junction on the A45 corridor which will be a great benefit to pedestrians.

“It will also help vehicles to travel through the junction more smoothly and freely to minimise queues which is another positive impact.

“There will also be some delays to drivers while work is carried out at Pickford Way which is due to start next month.

“But the short-term disruption will be of great benefit to passengers and motorists alike once it is completed by the autumn.”

Zamurad Hussain, a board director at the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said the Local Growth Fund is government funding awarded via LEPs that benefit the local area and economy.

He said: “The investment in infrastructure is important to drive the economy forward because these projects will reduce travelling times for businesses and people commuting or visiting the area.

“The Local Growth Fund recognises the importance of supporting schemes which create jobs, assist businesses and encourage growth and the completion of this work on the A45 will deliver significant infrastructure improvements.”

Signs will be installed a week in advance of the start of work at each junction from Bathway Road to Sir Henry Parkes Road while some lane closures are expected during the modifications to the Pickford Way roundabout.