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City’s roads set for £11 million improvement scheme

Published Tuesday, 01 March 2016

An £11.2 million programme is set to be approved by councillors to maintain and improve roads across the city over the coming year.

The work follows on from an £11 million programme over the past 12 months and continues the drive to create a roads network that can support a top 10 city, attract investment and cope with an increasing population. 

The scheme will be discussed by councillors at a Cabinet meeting on 8 March.  

The programme will look at several areas, from repairing damage such as potholes to improving road markings and signs, and protecting grass verges to creating 20mph zones and residents’ parking schemes. 

It will also look at how the roads can help the growth of the city and continue to improve the public realm. 

The work will be funded through a variety of grants and funding schemes and there will also be a £1.4m programme of footway improvements funded by the Whitefriars Housing Group. 

Wherever possible, the work will aim to make the best use of existing roads and footways rather than create new ones and will try to make sure that the worst roads and pavements across the city are properly repaired and maintained. 

Councillor Rachel Lancaster, Cabinet member for Public Services, said: “As a growing city it is vital that we continue to improve and maintain our roads, they are the lifeblood of the city and attract businesses and developers, but are also so important to the day to day lives of city residents. 

“A good roads network will help ease pollution and lead to cycleways and better footpaths to make us a healthier city. And new public realm work will create green spaces for everyone to enjoy. 

“In recent years we have carried out a lot of work and we are now seeing the benefits. New pedestrian friendly routes around Coventry University and Council House square are giving new life to the city centre and major schemes near Warwick University and the railway station have made a massive difference to commuters. 

“That work has helped Coventry to attract major investment by JLR and LTC, as well as sparking multi-million pound developments like Friargate and that has put us on the national stage. 

“This next programme of work will continue that and help create a better city for all.” 

Councillors will hear that work over the last five years has greatly improved the condition of the city’s roads and footpaths, repairing potholes and resurfacing and strengthening the roads for the years ahead. That work will continue over the next 12 months.

There will be surfacing work on over 100 roads across the city, including work at:Acorn Street, Aldermoor Lane, Ansty Road, Belgrave Road, Broad Lane, BroomfieldPlace, Cox Street, Foleshill Road, The Ring Road, Wall Hill Road and Winsford Avenue. 

Those works feature projects at the roundabout junction of Clifford Bridge Road andAnsty Road and the roundabout at the junction of Foleshill Road and Phoenix Way. 

There will work on almost 40 stretches of pavements around the city, including Trinity Street, Holyhead Road and Walsgrave Road. 

And there will be a number of new safety schemes to cut the speed of traffic and make life better for motorists and pedestrians. These will include:

  • reducing the speed of vehicles on London Road between the A444 and St James’ Lane.
  • speed awareness measures on London Road and Ansty Road
  • changes to road markings and barriers at the junction of the A444 and Foleshill Road
  • a 20mph zone in Lynchgate Road to tie in with the Warwick University traffic calming scheme 

The introduction of new technology will also continue. This has already seen new pedestrian crossings tested in the city centre that tell partially-sighted pedestrians when it is safe to cross; and new easy-to-read signs on the Ring Road. 

There will be work to increase the capacity of Binley Road/Allard Way and Longford Road/Oakmoor Road; traffic surveys to assess the speed and volume of vehicles; and more residents’ parking areas around the city. 

Other work will see verges repaired and protected by bollards, including a scheme on Hinckley Road to prevent lorries parking. And the ‘decluttering’ of the city’s roads will continue, with unnecessary street signs removed to give a more open, attractive look and feel. 

To help carry out the work, Cabinet will be asked to set up a network of contractors who can carry out minor works and support the Council’s workforce when needed. The current agreement has come to an end and a new scheme is needed to cover the next four years.

See the full programme of planned works.

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