Stratford Western Relief Road

Stratford Western Relief Road

The Stratford Western Relief Road has been discussed and planned for many years as a solution to the traffic congestion in this area. It features in both the Warwickshire Local Transport Plan (LTP) and Stratford's current 2006 adopted Local Plan. In its recent review of the LTP, Warwickshire County Council confirmed that the road would be needed, and that it would be funded by developers building houses nearby.

The relief road will link Alcester Road and Evesham Road and create a boundary around the new development and through the new Shottery Community Park. The relief road will also be the primary access to the new homes.

Studies show that the relief road will not only remove through traffic from the town, thereby relieving local traffic congestion, but it will also reduce traffic in the Conservation Area and improve visitor access to the tourist areas around Anne Hathaway’s Cottage.

Being in a cutting, the relief road would not be visible from Anne Hathaway's Cottage and the distance from the nearest point on the relief road to the Cottage is 268 yds. The use of a low-noise surface and additional screening planned for the relief road will minimise any potential impact of a slight increase in background noise levels that might be perceived in the Garden of the Cottage.

Although a new development would inevitably increase the number of cars on the road, journey times through and around the town are expected to decrease as a result of this additional infrastructure.

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