20th Sep, 2020

More Gateway misery as closure looms for westbound carriageway

THERE’S more traffic misery in store for drivers exiting the A4023 westbound to go to Redditch – and the long suffering residents of Mappleborough Green.

The local highways authority – Warwickshire County Council – plans to close the westbound carriageway to the Moons Moat island on Sunday, August 16 until August 17, and then for six weeks from Monday, September 21 until Friday November 13.

The authority says the work is necessary to install safety barriers and to reconstruct the road as development of the Redditch Eastern Gateway progresses.

It means traffic coming down the A435 will be enable to filter off the road on Gorcott Hill but will be routed to the Henley island at Mappleborough Green and then down to Alders Drive in Redditch.

The news comes after a series of closures and partial closures of the eastbound carriageway of the A4023, initially to build the access road to the huge Amazon warehouse development and then following the discovery of an unmarked Severn Trent water main.

And in a letter to local residents Warwickshire County Council warns: ‘ There is a possibility that the works may overrun if the work specifications need to be changed, the contractor encounters unforeseen conditions or is hindered by bad weather’.

The authority says it is delivering 500 letters to local residents explaining the situation.

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