End to Rugby roadworks misery finally in sight

The road is set to re-open on Friday.
The road is set to re-open on Friday.

‘Nightmare’ roadworks that have been causing headaches for Rugby drivers are set to be completed this Friday.

The A4071 Coventry Road in Cawston has been closed since the middle of August to allow for essential resurfacing works to be carried out.

A diversion has been in place for the last few weeks but this has led to major delays - with some drivers saying they were stuck in slow-moving traffic for up to half-an-hour during rush hours.

And as the school traffic returned to the roads on Monday morning, the situation worsened once again.

Motorists reported that queues for the Dunchurch traffic lights were stretching back as far as Cock Robin Island and down much of Ashlawn Road.

Angry road users also took to social media to vent their frustrations.

Commenting on our Facebook page, Kirsty Gibson commented that “traffic was a nightmare this morning” while Guy Heaton said: “Round of applause to the council for not starting these works earlier in the summer!”

Last month the Advertiser reported that the roadworks were also having an impact on Rugby business The Furniture Gallery, which is based on the A4071.

The company’s owners estimated they were losing as much as £12,000 per week and feared they were losing a lot of passing trade because people had been scared off by the closure signs.

Warwickshire County Council said last month that comprehensive road repairs were needed on the A4071 because it had ‘reached the end of its serviceable life’.

It said a full closure was required ‘due to the extensive nature of the repairs’ and that the works were scheduled partly during the summer holidays to minimise disruption.

A County Council spokesperson also confirmed today (Thursday) that the road is set to re-open at 3pm tomorrow (Friday).