We all want to improve air quality in the city, that’s why the Council has submitted an Outline Action Plan to the Government.
The Plan includes a range of measures intended to improve air quality on Holyhead Road, and one of these measures is the potential closure of Coundon Road at the level crossing. This would enable the removal of the traffic lights at the Barras Lane junction, which is a major bottleneck contributing to the poor air quality on Holyhead Road.
The Council recognises that such a closure will impact upon local communities, and should the scheme come forward as part of the Final Action Plan agreed with Government there will be extensive consultation with the local community and with statutory bodies such as Network Rail and train and bus companies.
No decision has been made and this process would consider everyone’s views.
In the meantime it is necessary to replace the protective barriers on the approaches to the level crossing. This work will require, for the safety of the public and the workforce, temporary traffic management and, potentially, a temporary closure of the road.
These restrictions will be carefully managed to minimise the disruption to the local community and to road users.
The timing of the work needs to be agreed with Network Rail, and therefore the advertisement placed in the local media refers to an extended period of time to avoid the need to re-advertise should the works need to be re-scheduled.
This means that, contrary to some information residents may have received, the road will only be restricted for up to two weeks and the scheduling and timing of the works will take account, as far as possible, f the needs of the local community including the schools within the area.
This is likely to be in late May when we would aim any full closure of the road to happen during the schools’ half term and during off peak periods, but the precise timing will be confirmed following discussion with Network Rail.
The underpass is likely to be closed to vehicles while the work is completed. Once the dates of the works are confirmed we will, of course, notify the local community and road users in advance.