Work begins on £1.5m Rugby gyratory revamp

The work is expected to take 12 weeks to complete
The work is expected to take 12 weeks to complete
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Work begins today (Monday) on major changes to Rugby’s gyratory system.

The £1.5m scheme will involve the introduction of new traffic signals and associated roadworks, including resurfacing, to reduce traffic congestion within Rugby town centre by increasing the capacity of the existing gyratory and associated approaches. The work is expected to take 12 weeks to complete.

Lanes will be closed from 9.30am to 4pm. The pedestrian crossings on the Bilton Road/Russelsheim Way Island will be closed, and pedestrians are advised to use the pedestrian crossings on the Corporation Street/Lawford Road/Warwick Street island.

Town firm Geoffrey Osborne Ltd has been awarded the contract to carry out the works by Warwickshire County Council.

Paul Gibbs, site manager for Osborne, which is based in Corporation Street, said: “As a local company we were delighted to be awarded this contract.

“We have an office in Rugby so we are well aware of the traffic congestion problems the gyratory causes. To be given the opportunity to improve the traffic situation and improve pedestrian access is something we are keen to deliver on. Unfortunately there will be some short term disruption during the works, but we will aim to keep this to minimum by liaising closely with businesses around the Gyratory to meet any specific needs as best we can.”

“Thank you for your patience during the works and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Aftab Gaffar, managing director of town centre management company Rugby First, said: “I am delighted to see a local company has been awarded the contract and will be involved at the forefront of the works taking place on the gyratory system.

“The continuing development of Rugby and inevitable traffic increases has meant that the gyratory has been struggling to cope with the increased demands for a number of years. The road network at the heart of the Rugby has been causing confusion amongst motorists over who has right of way for many years and was in need of some desperate improvement.

“I appreciate there will be some short term disruption but long term the works will make a real difference and ultimately benefit Rugby town centre, the business community, local residents and visitors alike.”

Osborne is a family-owned business with an office at Bloxam Court. It was founded in 1966 and employs about 900 people.

Call Osborne on 07736 597360 or out-of-hours on 0800 0258 008 with any concerns about the works.

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