Council plans 10 week closure on Coventry Road

Coventry Road diversion
Coventry Road diversion

Kenilworth is facing more traffic disruption with plans to close off a stretch of Coventry Road for around 10 weeks for a new sewer to be built.

The busy road will be closed off from outside houses in Crackley Crescent - and diversions could cause major disruption to traffic in the town centre.

Warwickshire County Council is shutting the 250- metre stretch from January 21 as work is carried out on construction of a new sewer.

The road is set to reopen on April 1 but council officials state this date may change according to how works progress.

However, before that, 
roadworks – but not closure – will be in place from January 8 for Severn Trent to carry out flood alleviation improvements.

As traffic will instead be sent down the already congested Warwick Road and onto the bypass to avoid the closure, the impact on drivers and bus services which use the route each day is expected to be severe.

A council statement stated it was anticipated that work would be completed by April 1 2015 but will be carried out as quickly as possible.

It read: “The council regrets any inconvenience that may be caused. The emergency services will be informed and the contractor will notify residents and businesses directly affected by the closure.”

Bus services, which run regularly along the stretch, will be affected with new routes planned until work is complete.

Chris Child, of Stagecoach, said that they are currently working on a system to best suit customers and manage disruption while keeping 
 buses running.

“This closure will significantly affect our services and we are currently in the planning stages to work out how we can and will manage it for all of our customers,” he said.

Plans and diversions are expected to be announced early in the New Year.

A diversion has been set to take traffic around New Street, Bridge Street, Priory Road, Waverley Road, Warwick Road, Leamington Road and onto 
the A46 and Stonebridge Highway.

Pedestrian access along Coventry Road will remain open throughout the work.

The closure comes on top of extensive roadworks being carried out along Gibbet Hill and around the University of Warwick campus.

The university is working with Coventry City Council to install a roundabout, improvements to access and new road layout in construction expected to last until the summer.

Work to convert the Gibbet Hill Road, Kenilworth Road and Stoneleigh Road junction to a roundabout is ongoing with four-way traffic lights operating.