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Rugby Western Relief Road works progress

Work is progressing well on the £37m Rugby Western Relief Road, with a number of new developments underway.

Construction can be seen along a considerable length of the Relief Road, which will eventually stretch for 6km.

Work has started on the Parkfield Road Railway Bridge with part of the foundation having being cast during the last week.

Major earthworks are taking place in several sections of the scheme, particularly at the site of Malpas Roundabout where the embankment is under construction.

Several old disused fuel tanks have been unexpectedly discovered near Parkfield Road. To avoid the risk of contamination, they are to be removed and disposed of using a specialist contractor.

Service diversion work and site clearance is also continuing in several locations along the route. This week has seen the erection of some temporary traffic lights on Lawford Road as part of these works. 

Footpaths and bridleways that cross the route have had to be closed and diversions arranged.

Work on the construction of a cycleway on Leicester Road is causing disruption to road users. This is not part of the Relief Road project.

Work got underway in late summer on the £36.6 million scheme, with the two-year contract awarded by Warwickshire County Council 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.

Further information regarding the scheme is available by visiting http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/rwrr

This site is proving increasingly popular with 6,226 people visiting the Warwickshire County Council Rugby Western Relief Road pages in November.

This compares to September, when just 1,633 visited the pages, and October, where 2,122 visited the pages.

The website provides a host of information and latest developments on the works, including details on the Parkfield Road closure and diversion routes, footpath closures and diversions, ecology measures being taken as part of the works (including the efforts to protect the Great Crested Newt), landscaping plans (such as 2,000 reeds being planted to help with pollution control), and the general programme of works.