Consultation for Rugby pedestrianisation scheme to start next week

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The proposed ‘enhancement scheme’ to pedestrianise Rugby town centre will go to public consultation next week.

Three separate exhibitions in Rugby Town Centre will take place on Thursday September 26 and Saturday September 28.

Rugby residents are encouraged to give their views.

The exhibitions on September 26, starting at 10am and finishing at 5pm will be at:

Clock Towers Shopping Centre, Market Mall

Rugby Library, Little Elborow Street

Rugby Borough Council, Town Hall, Evreux Way.

The exhibitions on September 28, starting at 10.30am and finishing at 3.30pm will be at:

Clock Towers Shopping Centre, Market Mall

Rugby Library, Little Elborow Street

St Andrews Church, Church Street, Rugby

An enhancement scheme for Rugby Town Centre was initially developed in 2011. This has now been superceded by the scheme currently being consulted upon that extends the pedestrianised area around the Clock Towers.

In this scheme, North Street and Church Street traffic will be limited to, buses, cyclists and taxis. Other through traffic will be diverted to alternative routes.

The scheme will aim to build on the benefits of reduced traffic through the town centre, established since the opening of the Rugby Western Relief Road.

Cllr Peter Butlin, portfolio holder for Transport and Planning at Warwickshire County Council said: “This scheme will look to improve the connection between the main business and retail areas of the town centre, which are currently separated. Much has been achieved for the town

centre through the previous pedestrianisation scheme and the benefits brought about by the relief road. This is the next stage of the work, and will further improve Rugby as a town to live in and to visit.

“The scheme will accommodate future expansion of the town centre. Rugby is one of the largest growing towns in the region, and any scheme to enhance the town centre needs to bear in mind the potential for substantial new housing, employment and retail provision that will come into Rugby in the coming years.

“The exhibitions will provide residents with the opportunity to have an input into this scheme, and become part of this exciting development for the town.”