Warwickshire County Council has issued a letter to inform residents that highway works in relation to the Traffic Calming Scheme are likely to commence on Monday 23 July 2018.
Final drawings of the locations of traffic calming features have also been provided.
At long last the traffic calming in Clifton is about to become a reality! After several months/years of work the following update was received this morning from a senior Warwickshire County Council officer: “The works to install these measures will take place during the Warwickshire Schools 6 week holiday period, the contractor has given us a date of Monday 24th July for the start of works and this will be confirmed once the Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders (TTROs) have been agreed. Furthermore, the construction working day will be restricted to off-peak hours (09.00 to 15.00 or 09.30 to 15.30), at this stage there are no proposals to undertake work outside of these times.
The contractor, Balfour Beatty, is currently working with the WCC street works team to refine their delivery works programme, ensuring that the relevant works permits and TTROs are in place and that our associated diversion routes do not affect orders/works/diversion routes for major projects in the area that have a prior booking in place. Through these discussion there will be various aspects of how and when the contractor will deliver the works to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum.
“We are currently compiling a letter that provides information regarding the imminent works, this will be hand delivered to the residents, businesses and stakeholders of Clifton upon Dunsmore.”
This is great news, and a huge relief after what has not been an easy process. Yes, there will be some disruption whilst the works take place, but the inconvenience will be minimised as far as possible and at the end of it residents will have what they have been demanding for years: a 20Mph zone through the centre of the village; a comprehensive speed reduction plan; a 7.5 tonne weight limit; improved village entrances and (hopefully) less traffic and certainly slower traffic.
Warwickshire County Council has notified the Parish Council that Stagecoach are planning a number of changes and improvements to bus services in and around Rugby, which will come into force from Saturday 21st July.
In summary, the introduction of a through Coventry – Rugby – DIRFT service running up to every 30 minutes on Mondays to Saturdays with hourly extensions to / from Northampton amalgamating the existing service 86 and an improved service 96. The new through service will be numbered 96.
Whilst Clifton upon Dunsmore is not directly affected, passengers wishing to make connections in the town centre to other destinations should be aware that a number of routes have been altered.
More details of the changes can be viewed here Changes to bus services 041618
WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984, SECTION 14
TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF NORTH ROAD, CLIFTON UPON DUNSMORE
Warwickshire County Council has made a Temporary Traffic Order closing North Road, Clifton upon Dunsmore from a point outside property number 2, to vehicular traffic.
The closure is required to facilitate works for a hydrant rebuild.
The Order will commence on 4 April 2018 and will last for a period of 18 months, or until the works are completed, whichever is the earlier. However, it is anticipated that the works will be completed by 9 April 2018.
Pedestrian access to and egress from properties and land situated adjacent to the length of road to be closed will be maintained at all times. Vehicular access will be maintained where possible.
An alternative route will be signed and is available via: North Road, Main Street, Church Street (and vice versa).
The Council regrets any inconvenience that may be caused. The team dealing with this Temporary Traffic Order at Warwickshire County Council is Network Management (Tel: 01926 412515).
Any enquiries relating to the works being undertaken may be directed to the contractor dealing with this matter on behalf of Severn Trent Water, Total (Tel: 01623 880 650).
S Duxbury, Head of Law & Governance, Shire Hall, Warwick, 29 March 2018
Following a report made at a recent Parish Council meeting, the Parish Council has contacted the Contractor responsible for the construction of the new Link Road again; expressing concerns at the number of large vehicles using the village to access the site at Hillmorton Lane.
The response from the Contractor (Galliford Try) was positive however, we have been asked to provide evidence of vehicle registrations, days and times etc to assist with tracing the offenders. If anyone spots large construction vehicles using the village in connection with the new Link Road it would be very helpful if you could please provide the Parish Council with this type of evidence. Please contact the Clerk on: firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you or your neighbour need grit to make your driveway/local area safe during periods of snow or ice, please contact the volunteer Snow Warden Marion Nash on 07710 624867 who can arrange from collection from Church Street.
Update from Borough Councillor Leigh Hunt
The new WCC officer who is dealing with the traffic calming has done a lot of work in a very short time. A meeting took place with the Chair of the Parish Council and your Borough and County Councillors, together with Warwickshire County Council officers on 20th October.
There was extensive discussion about street lighting requirements. Any speed hump in a 30Mph area requires lighting. 20Mph zones don’t require lighting, but it may be provided if a safety audit shows this is necessary.
There are two humps in the scheme in the 30Mph zone on Newton Road. The cost of providing street lighting is prohibitive, so these two humps will be removed, and the money used elsewhere.
WCC will provide new LED lighting to Rugby Road, Main Street, Church Street, parts of Lilbourne Road and Hillmorton Lane, and South Road. These may be subject to partial night lighting (in other words some of the lights may be turned off at night).
WCC would have liked to provide lighting to North Road, but in order for WCC to adopt the lights underground Low Voltage power would need to be provided – and this could cost around £100,000! The Parish Council can provide overhead LED lighting to the area at their own cost, without the same power requirements.
The lighting will be the first thing to go in, and this could start before Xmas, depending on the availability of supplies.
There will also be illuminated signs at the start of the 20Mph zone at all 4 entrances to the village. WCC are also going to include village gateways in the scheme (at their cost) and parish councillors have been looking at different designs. This is a bonus as the parish council had agreed at the last meeting to provide these. The gateway features could happen quite quickly.
The revised detailed design is being worked up, and there there should be a stage 2 safety audit before Xmas, with the orders to be placed early in 2018. More details on these will be provided when available.
There will be road closures whilst the works are ongoing, and details will be given as soon as they are known. These will cause inconvenience for village residents, but might deter some of the rat-running that we’ve been seeing increasingly of late.
There was also discussion about the placement of bollards in the vicinity of the raised junction at Main Street/Lilbourne Road and Church Street. We have asked WCC to investigate if it is possible to omit some bollards from the scheme so as to allow the cars from the cottages near the TMH to continue to park on the apron outside their homes. Unfortunately, this is unlikely to happen as the road will be at the same height as the pavement, so the bollards are needed for safety reasons.
Further details will be published as they become available.