Fewer jams promised as Rugby gyratory revamp begins - The Rugby Observer

Fewer jams promised as Rugby gyratory revamp begins

Rugby Editorial 7th Jan, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

IMPROVEMENTS to the notorious gyratory system are underway.

Work to ensure drivers ‘get their turn’ by resurfacing the one-way system and installing new traffic lights began on Monday (January 5) and is scheduled to finish in late March.

The plans also include widening the Lawrence Sheriff Street approach from one lane to three, by shrinking the flowerbed where the Rugby World Cup-shaped foliage now stands.

Warwickshire County Council said the improvements would increase the system’s capacity, reducing congestion in the town and making it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to access the town centre.




Gafoor Din, Principal Engineer at Warwickshire County Council, said: “Traffic signal junctions at the gyratory will enable traffic entering from the various approaches to ‘get their turn’.

“Without the improvements, queues and delays on the Dunchurch Road and Bilton Road approaches were predicted to increase to unacceptable levels, particularly once the effects of new development were included.”


Traffic lights with pedestrian and cycling crossings will be put up at the junctions of Dunchurch Road/Russelsheim Way and Bilton Road/Russelsheim Way, while a new puffin crossing will be built on Lawrence Sheriff Street near Sheep Street.

Various lanes at the gyratory will be closed from 9.30am to 4pm during the roadworks, and pedestrian crossings on the Bilton Road/Russelheim Way Island will be closed. Pedestrians are advised to use the crossings on the Corporation Street/Lawford Road/Warwick Street Island.

Paul Gibbs, Site Manager for local firm Geoffrey Osborne which was awarded the contract to carry out the roadworks, said: “We will aim to keep the disruption to a minimum by liaising closely with businesses around the gyratory to meet any specific needs as best we can.

“If you have any concerns during the works please contact me on 07736 597360 or the Osborne out-of-hours telephone number on 0800 0258 008.”

Aftab Gaffar, Rugby First Managing Director, said: “The road network at the heart of the Rugby has been causing confusion among motorists over who has right of way for many years and was in need of some desperate improvement.

“Long term, the works will make a real difference and ultimately benefit Rugby town centre, the business community, local residents and visitors alike.”

Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/rugbygyratoryscheme for further information about the Rugby gyratory system and ongoing updates.

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