Work got underway on the Rugby Western Relief Road on Wednesday, July 11, with Rugby councillor and Chairman of Warwickshire County Council, Cllr John Wells, turning the first sod of soil.
The final piece in a jigsaw which has taken 30 years to become a reality fell into place earlier this year when the Secretary of State for Transport fully approved the Department for Transport’s funding contribution of £17.08 million for the scheme.
The overall scheme cost is £36.6 million and the rest of the funding is provided by developer contributions. The two year contract has been awarded to Carillion Regional Civil Engineering who competitively tendered for the works.
The 6km road will stretch from Potford’s Dam on the A4071 to the Avon Mill roundabout at the junction of Newbold Road and the A426 (Leicester Road). The relief road will bring various benefits to the area including:
- the removal of through traffic from both Cawston and Bilton villages
- the reduction of congestion in the town centre in particular Bilton Road, Newbold Road, Corporation Street and Warwick Street Gyratory.
- increased cycling facilities in the Rugby area
- allowing the possibility of the railway line re-opening in future.
Cllr John Wells said: “A scheme for a western relief road was first suggested in the mid-1970s, but complications saw this halt. I’m therefore delighted to see this long-awaited scheme becoming a reality.
“It will bring huge benefits for the town, particularly the environmental improvements in removing traffic from the busy town centre.”
Cllr Martin Heatley, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “This is great news for Warwickshire and even more so for Rugby and its communities. It will assist the movement of traffic, solving the major problems of traffic in and around Rugby town centre.”
Further information regarding the scheme is available by visiting http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk and going to the Roads and Travel section.