Stagecoach have recently announced that as with a number of services around the Rugby area, they will be withdrawing service 64 completely along with the section of service 63 between Clifton and Rugby and will no longer be serving Rokeby and Hillside due to commercial viability.
County Councillor Adrian Warwick, with the support of Councillor Leigh Hunt and the parish council has been lobbying Warwickshire County Council to ensure that a regular bus service continues to be provided to Clifton upon Dunsmore and Newton.
As a result of this hard work we are pleased to announce that a new Warwickshire County Council tendered service 9, operated by A & M will now operate from Clifton to Lime Tree Village via Eastlands Road, Rugby Town Centre, Hillside, Rokeby, Woodlands and Bilton Village from 5 January 2019.
This service is funded from the County Council revenue support budget for ‘socially necessary services’ not provided by the commercial sector that meet criteria for support.
Whilst the service is not as frequent as previously, it does still offer those who have to use public transport the opportunity to do so. The bus service will now operate approximately every 90 minutes during the day.
A copy of the new timetable is attached and will also be posted in the village noticeboard and Village Store. A limited supply of paper copies will also be left in the Village Store.
Bus Timetable 9 – Jan 2019
At the parish council meeting last night our County Councillor, Adrian Warwick, explained that Stagecoach run the Clifton to Rokeby (via town) service as a commercial service, and it is entirely within their power to stop the service if they wish to do so.
Pressure has been put on the County Council by Adrian and your Borough Councillor and the parish council. WCC has now gone out to tender, and Adrian attended a meeting with the Portfolio Holder and theDeputy leader of WCC this morning. He is optimistic that WCC will be able to step in to provide a bus service from Clifton.
However, this is unlikely to be a direct replacement for the service that we now have. Any replacement service is likely to cost not thousands of pounds, but tens of thousands, which is why the parish council could not fund it. The very short notice that was given by Stagecoach means that WCC have to find the money out of this year’s budgets, which are already stretched.
Adrian repeated to the meeting that he is as confident as he can be that something will be put in place for January, but that there is no information yet as to what the service will be. Once more detail is known it will be posted on Facebook and advertised widely. he was talking about a daily service, not the weekly Back and 4th that has been publicised on this group before, and which is designed to meet a completely different need.
Warwickshire County Council has once again published maps containing information on the network of local roads which are gritted during icy conditions.
More information on the Gritting Service can be found on Warwickshire County Council website http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/gritting
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.
Advance Notice of Works_Letter 17 July 2018
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 .