Work begins on major new link road to Houlton - The Rugby Observer

Work begins on major new link road to Houlton

Andy Morris 28th Jul, 2017   0

WORK has begun on a new 1.5 mile road linking the fledgeling neighbourhood of Houlton to the rest of town.

Dignitaries including Mark Pawsey MP, Rugby Borough Council’s (RBC) Coun Heather Timms and Warwickshire County Council’s (WCC) Coun Jeff Clarke gathered with Houlton’s master developer Urban&Civic and lead contractor Galliford Try to formally break ground on the 18-month long project this morning (Friday July 28).

Connecting to the existing junction at Butlers Leap, the new road will cross the canal over a new bridge and then run parallel to the canal, crossing Hillmorton Lane and on to the edge of the new development of Houlton.

Work has begun at the Hillmorton Lane junction, and will soon commence at the Butlers Leap junction before connecting up over the next 18 months.

The road is being built seven years ahead of the original schedule thanks to a government loan from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Richard Coppell, Development Director for Urban&Civic said: “Our ability to construct the road so early in the development brings many benefits for Houlton and the Borough. It enables us as master developer to open up a new part of the site to create more homes more quickly and it offers new residents to Houlton a great connection into the town and train station.

“Its delivery comes at a time when we have three housebuilders now on site at Houlton and first residents expected at the end of the year”

Mark Pawsey said: “I have always argued for the road to be provided early in the development to help ensure that Houlton becomes a vibrant and integral part of Rugby, and that new Houlton residents are easily able to access Rugby town centre and quickly become part of the local community.

“I know that the new link road will also be welcomed by residents in Hillmorton and Clifton as it will relieve some of the present traffic congestion in those villages, whilst also mitigating against any increased traffic from Houlton once new residents move into the area. It really is very good news.”

RBC growth and investment spokeswoman Coun Heather Timms added: “As well as economic growth and increased prosperity, the Houlton development which this link road facilitates will play a vital role in bringing high quality homes for local people, essential for this area to meet key housing targets.

“We look forward to the benefits that the link road will deliver to Rugby and the wider area.”

Coun Jeff Clarke, WCC spokesman for transport and the environment, said: “Economic growth is the number one priority for Warwickshire County Council and this development at Houlton will play a huge part in delivering homes to support the jobs being created in the county.”

As well as 6,200 homes, the Houlton development will also bring three primary schools and a secondary school, an eight-GP health centre, walkways, cycleways, green spaces, commercial space and new business. The development will take some 15 years to deliver.

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