£52,000 will target ford traffic chaos

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New automatic flood warning signs are on the way to town after councillors secured £52,000 to help traffic flow.

And hopes are high that they can bump this figure up to £70,000 to eventually bring a bigger and better warning scheme to the town centre.

Warwickshire County Council last week allocated the £52,000 to pay for automatic warning signs to divert drivers away from Castle Road when the ford is high.

The money - taken from the next financial year’s budget - will fund signs at the top of The Square and on Birmingham Road before the Beehive Hill junction to give ample warning of traffic problems.

Traffic lights at High Street and Bridge Street will also be altered to help ease congestion all year round.

County councillors Dave Shilton, John Whitehouse and Alan Cockburn hope a final £18,000 to complete the scheme will be available from the town council and community forum grant schemes.

This would mean signs at the Castle Hill junction, and along Borrowell Road.

Cllr Alan Cockburn (Con, St John’s) described the news as “excellent” for the town to keep drivers safe.

He said: “This is about giving people the chance well away from the ford to change their route before it is too late.

“Flooding causes chaos from a traffic point of view which leads to economic chaos that we must tackle.

“This is an exciting time as we work for the very best scheme for Kenilworth.”

Cllr Whitehouse (Lib Dem, Abbey) said the system should be in place by next winter as work can go ahead before the final amount is secured.

“There is still a large sum of £18,000 to find if we want to complete this, but all three of us will be working together to find the money,” he said.

“This will also make the High Street lights more efficient which will benefit traffic all year round.”

Suggestions such as raising the road or building a bridge were branded as unsuitable as both would restrict the free flow of water.