Traffic gridlocked from 8.30am-9.00 every weekday morning
Reported anonymously at 18:07, Friday 6 March 2020
Sent to Warwickshire County Council 3 minutes later
For the last 3 or more months (it suddenly started in November I think), if you travel into Warwick via Jury/High Street (and to a slightly lesser extent The Butts), and time your arrival at the traffic lights at the Eastgate junction between 8.25am and 8.50am, you will find that the roads are totally gridlocked, making it impossible to exit Jury Street and either turn into Smith Street (which is clear of traffic now Kings High School have moved) or along Castle Hill towards Banbury Road (which is the gridlocked section). Often you can sit there for 10 minutes as traffic light change after traffic change comes and goes and you can't get out. It's slightly better if you are in The Butts and heading in the direction of Banbury Road as the traffic light changes favour that direction. Initially I blamed it on cars avoiding the Stanks Island roadworks, but this isn't the case. I also blamed it on an increase in pedestrians at the St Nicholas Park pedestrian crossing, but this also isn't the case. Then I suspected it was the new Kings High School traffic lighted entrance, but whilst that does cause some issues with traffic backing up to the roundabout at Bridge End at peak times, this is also not the main culprit. However, if you want to get into or out of Myton Road between 8.30am-8.40am, good luck with that, as the traffic trying to head towards Gallows Hill along Banbury Road are not moving and often block the Bridge End roundabout. Anyway, as nothing has been done about this daily gridlock in Warwick town centre, and as there are no obvious roadworks anywhere near Gallows Hill, I decided to start my own investigation. What I've discovered is that the issue is a traffic jam every morning from approx. 8.20am to 8.50am in the Warwick Technology Park! This causes traffic to remain at a standstill from the High Street right through to the Technology Park. I've sat in a stream of cars trying to turn left into the Technology Park (both entrances), but unable to do so as there is already a queue of traffic ahead of them in the park. I've been doing this commute (to take my son to Warwick School) for 7 years and it is only in the last few months that it has become impossible to take the town centre route (it's gone from 25-30 minutes to anything up to an hour to get him to school from Norton Lindsey!). We now travel in via Barford and Banbury Road, and whilst it takes longer than our old route used to, it means he isn't late every morning. My fellow parents tell me that they now leave home at least 15 minutes earlier to merely arrive at school at the same time. This is not good for trying to reduce pollution, as it's extending the rush hour. I don't know what changed at the Technology Park around November, but something did, and they need to increase the car parking on site or manage the traffic flow better at peak times. It is unacceptable that it is causing such huge delays in Warwick town centre EVERY SINGLE WEEKDAY MORNING. It's such a major problem, and I'm amazed others aren't complaining about it. If nothing is resolved, then I shall also contact the Warwick Courier and see if they can investigate and shame the Technology Park into doing something about it. I won't be doing the commute into Warwick for much longer (thank goodness) but I would like this looked into for the sake of others, as I know two friends have missed hospital appointments as they didn't realise they'd be unable to get through the town centre at that time in the morning, and I know quite a few very frustrated drivers who have no option but to drive into the town centre to work every day. Thank you very much.
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