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Plans to ease congestion at Coton Arches delayed again.

Byline: CLAIRE HARRISON News Reporter

YET more delays have hit the plan to make congestion-busting changes to a notoriously traffic-clogged Nuneaton roundabout.

It has been revealed that the contract for the works, which will extend Coton Road across the roundabout, providing two dedicated lanes onto the A444 Chilvers Rise, has not even been put out to tender.

This was supposed to happen at the end of June but, according to Warwickshire County Council, it has been 'put back' so that it can iron out issues it currently has with utility companies.

As a result of this, the start date on once again be pushed back, to an unknown time.

A Shire Hall spokesperson said: "The tender stage of the project has been put back whilst we work with utility companies to mitigate costly service diversions.

"Advanced trial holes are being carried out during the school holidays to determine accurate positions and depths of existing pipes, and these will be used to assess the need to re-posi-tion the pipes during the construction of the new road layout. This could save a significant sum of money and disruption during the site works.

The tender the project put back work with companies to costly diversions.

Spokesperson "The works are being funded by the government's Local Growth Fund through Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) and funding from Warwickshire County Council."

Public consultation within the community has already taken place and some sections suggest that the works will make the current situation worse.

stage of has been whilst we utility mitigate service However, county council bosses say that it will ease the notorious traffic problems in and around the Coton Arches, as well as being able to get towards the town centre, will be eased by the plan.

The two lanes currently available to traffic down to Chilvers Rise towards the roundabout will be changed into three lanes, giving another lane access towards the town.

Also, as part of the scheme, the existing toucan crossing will be removed from the A4254 Avenue Road near Coventry Road; and the existing dual puffin crossing on the A444 Coton Road near Edward Street will be upgraded to a dual toucan crossing.

It is hoped that by installing signals at the roundabout it will help ease congestion, utilising a traffic control system that can detect vehicles and adjust settings to respond to fluctuations in traffic, therefore minimising any delays. But it will not all be about motorists - there will also be shared pedestrian and cycling facilities to create better links between the town centre, residential and business areas and the nearby George Eliot Hospital.

accurate and road within already bein"The tender stage of the project has been put back whilst we work with utility companies to mitigate costly service diversions. Spokesperson

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Aug 11, 2017
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