Council bosses have set the record straight on funding for major road projects in Nuneaton town centre.
In the £23.2m Town Deal announcement it was revealed that plans to ease traffic in Wheat Street and also in Queens Road are among the 11 projects set to receive a slice of the funding.
But the two projects already formed part of Warwickshire County Council’s planned £21.5m spend on road projects to ease pressure on the town’s traffic-choked ring road.
It led to questions being raised about why they needed to be funded from the Town Deal cash when they already formed part of Shire Hall’s £21.5m plans.
CoventryLive put this question to Warwickshire County Council, who replied in a statement which read: “With the welcome recent funding announcement regarding the Towns Fund, Warwickshire County Council and Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council are working together to ensure we are collectively utilising our combined resources in the best way to fulfil the whole range of transport improvements that we are aiming to deliver as part of the wider Transforming Nuneaton programme.”
What do the two projects aim to do
Under the plans the Wheat Street roadwork will provide a fourth arm to an existing three-arm signalised junction to unlock development along Wheat Street west (Vicarage Street Development Site). This will also provide improvements to cyclist/pedestrian facilities.
The Corporation Street and Queens Road junction will see improvements made to the ring road around the town centre.
This will include widening Queens Road to allow a bus lane to go in.
In Corporation Street, it is known that a new home will be found for the iconic Dandelion fountain as the works will see the existing roundabout removed and replaced with a four-arm signalised crossroads.
The overall plans to change the traffic-choked ringway
We reported that the £21.5m roadworks plan had been delayed, as the first of the works were due to start this year.
The green light was given to the plans at the end of last year, paving the way for the concept plans to be formally drawn-up.
It is understood that the first works will start late 2022 on Wheat Street.
“This work is ongoing and will be subject to the development of full business cases and final approvals,” the county council spokesman added.