Month of misery ahead for Rugby drivers


Roadworks on a major route near Rugby are causing long delays for drivers – and could be here to stay for at least another month.

he A4071 Rugby Road in Cawston was closed on Monday to allow for repairs to be carried out on the road surface.

A diversion is in place but this has led to delays in both directions with motorists reportedly being stuck in slow-moving traffic for up to half-an-hour during rush hours.

And the roadworks are due to be in place until at least September 16 – if the planned works stay on schedule.

Motorists took to social media to vent their anger at the delays.

Twitter user Will Vine said: “Traffic around Rugby is a joke.”

And @DandelionBurdo said: “What dunderhead decides to put traffic lights on the Lawford A428 at the same time as closing the A4071? #nowayout #rugbytown.”

It comes a week after an emergency road closure in Church Street, Rugby, caused delays due to a burst water main.

Albert Street leading down to Railway Terrace in Rugby was also closed off to traffic in July due to another burst water pipe.

A Warwickshire County Council spokesperson said: “The closure is required to facilitate extensive carriageway resurfacing works.

“These works are needed to carry out comprehensive repairs to the road which had reached the end of its serviceable life.

“Due to the extensive nature of the repairs, the road is impassable to traffic and a road closure is in place.

“It is anticipated the works will be completed by Friday, September 16.

“The works have been scheduled for the summer holidays to minimise disruption and diversion routes are signposted.”

The diversion route is via the A4071 Rugby western relief road, A428 Lawford Road, A428 Coventry Road, B4455 Fosse Way, A45 London Road, A4071 Rugby Road and vice versa.

Vehicles taller than 12ft3ins are being sent via the western relief road, A428 Lawford Road, A428 Coventry Road, Lawford Heath Lane, Coalpit Lane, A4071 Rugby western relief road and vice versa.