Kenilworth faces major disruption with Coventry Road closure

Diversion route
Diversion route

Major traffic disruption is expected when a stretch of Coventry Road is closed off for two and a half months for a new sewer to be installed.

Part of the road from Gibbet Hill will be closed off for around 10 weeks in postponed works by Severn Trent to instal the new sewer.

The Coventry Road and Kenilworth Road will be closed from Crackley Crescent along to Crackley Cottages on July 13 - with an expected reopening date of September 21.

The 250 metre stretch will be dug up for a new sewer to be installed.

Work was due to start in January, but delayed to avoid adding to existing disruption from major roadworks along Gibbet Hill and up to the University of Warwick.

A statement from Warwickshire County Council states that pedestrian access will not be affected and vehicular access to the affected properties will be “maintained where possible”.

It read: “The Council regrets any inconvenience that may be caused.

“The emergency services will be informed and the contractor will notify residents and businesses directly affected by the closure.”

A lengthy diversion will run via New Street, Bridge Street, Priory Road (Waverley Road), Warwick Road, St Johns, Leamington Road, Kenilworth Bypass and the Stonebridge Highway.

The closure along the major commuter route is expected to cause major delays, with drivers already reacting with concern to the plans.

Work by Coventry City Council is ongoing along Gibbet Hill following the installation of a new roundabout at the Stoneleigh Road junction.

The work is part of major improvements to the road layout around the university campus and access points.

Bus services to Coventry will be affected, and new routes are being drawn up to manage diversions during the construction.

Visit the council’s online diversion site here for more information on the planned works.