Rugby town centre consultation plans revealed

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The proposed enhancement scheme which will continue the

improvements for pedestrian access to Rugby Town Centre is

going to public consultation at the end of this month.

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 Thursday 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 Saturday 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 This has now been superceded by the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.”