Friday, 27 March 2009

Western Relief Road

Rugby suffers massively from traffic congestion and has been waiting for many years for a by-pass or relief road. After years of delay work started just over a year ago and constuction is well under way, although with further delays which will put back the opening of the final section by as much as 12 months. Yesterday, along with Councillors Collett & Hazelton I had the opportunity to visit the site, to view the progress to date and hear about some of the issues creating the delay. I learnt something of the complications of a complex construction project and the need for co-ordination with other agencies including in this case Network Rail since a new bridge over the West Coast Main Line is required. The northern section from Lawford Lane to the Leicester Rd was always going to present the greater difficulty with also a new bridge over the River Avon and passing though a built up area. There is a very useful website at providing lots of information about progress on the road and I am sure that the information here and the communication with the local press which has led to Rugby people being patient about the time taken for its completion. I know road users will be delighted when it is avalable to be used!