PLANS to ease congestion on Birmingham Road in Stratford have been dealt a major blow after the project failed to win £2.7million of vital funding from the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP).
The decision leaves a huge question mark over the scheme, seen as one of the cornerstones of Stratford’s transport strategy, with council chiefs insisting this week they will continue looking for funding from other sources.
Birmingham Road has consistently ranked as residents’ top concern during the town’s four traffic summits.
However, other projects such as revamping Nuneaton Town Centre and improving the A46 corridor, were preferred by the CWLEP in its latest round of funding.
Improvements proposed for Birmingham Road included a new slip road into Tesco, converting the existing two-lane outbound section to inbound from St Peter’s Way to Joseph Way, and widening two lanes between the Regal Road roundabout and Hamlet Way. Last month Warwickshire County Council confirmed that if funding was secured from the CWLEP, work would begin on Birmingham Road within 18 months to two years.
Stratford MP Nadhim Zahawi, who as recently as last month appeared convinced that the works would begin soon, said: “I am disappointed. I am, however, pleased that the CWLEP will remain engaged with the team behind the Birmingham Road scheme to help it achieve realisation.
“I will be writing to Mark Ryder at Warwickshire County Council to learn more about the steps the council now plans to take to ensure that we are able to secure funding for the scheme that is so desperately needed.”
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