20th Oct, 2017

Coventry ring road section to be closed over weekend

Coventry Editorial 25th Jul, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

PARTS of the ring road will be closed this weekend while demolition work takes place at the Friargate development.

The closure will affect traffic in both directions between junction five and junction seven.

The road has remained open for the majority of the work near the train station – which started in March – but will need to shut between 10pm on Saturday (July 26) and 5am on Monday.

The council said the demolition – of the west bridge of the raised gyratory – marked a major step forward in the long-awaited project.

They aim to build a bridge deck for pedestrians to link the station to the city centre.

Access to the station via the entry slip from junction five – together with the new inbound entrance on Eaton Road – and the usual exit will remain open at all times.

The exit slip heading towards the city centre from Warwick Road down towards junction seven will also stay open along with access to Central Six.

Cabinet member for public services Coun Rachel Lancaster said: “There has already been an enormous amount of work that has taken place within the site since we began in March and we are progressing fantastically.

“The bridge deck and the Friargate development is a hugely important part of our continuing regeneration plans and will be the most noticeable change to the face of our city in decades.

“Once complete, it will create an impressive visual and physical link between the railway station and the city centre and will kick-start development in Coventry, create new jobs and help us create a city residents can be proud of and one that people will want to visit.”

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