What is the Bermuda Connection Project

THE BRIDGE BBAG BRIEFING NOTE

INTRODUCTION

The document introduces the Bermuda Connectivity Project (BCP) and
accompanies a range of Briefing Notes prepared by the Bermuda
Bridge Action Group. The BCP is being promoted by Warwickshire
County Council as the Local Highway Authority with Growth Fund
monies secured to develop the scheme. The driving force behind the
project is the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
The Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) is
a partnership between the private and public sector set up by
government to help determine local economic priorities and lead
economic growth and job creation. The LEP has 4 key objectives:
• To drive economic growth
• To help remove barriers to economic growth
• To help create high value jobs
• To co-ordinate local government co-operation and support
As can be seen above there is no objective to consider sustainable
development and the impact of development on local communities.

BACKGROUND

The project proposes that the existing pedestrian and cycling bridge
over the A444 by Bermuda Village is opened up to all road traffic in
order to provide “greater connectivity” for the local road network and to
provide a direct link between West Nuneaton and the Griff Roundabout
avoiding the A444 bypass. Some of the relevant objectives of the
scheme are:
• Opening the existing bridge over the A444 to all traffic and road users
and connecting to the local highway network.
• Enhancements to Heath End Road / Bermuda Road junction.
• Enhancements to Griff Roundabout.
• Enhancements to the highway and cycle way on St Georges Way.
• Provision of additional car and cycle parking for Bermuda Rail Station.

JMP Bridge Feasibility
Study for Warwickshire
County Council:

3.51 – “Construction of
the development, as well
as opening it to the
traffic will produce air
and noise pollution and
increase roads accidents
and congestion around
the site. The
development will also
affect residents of
Nuneaton due to
increase of pollutants
related to traffic
emission.”

4.2 – “The assessments
indicate that limited bus
operational and
patronage benefits
would occur from the
opening of the bridge in
the form of a sustainable
modes bridge given that
cycling and walking are
already catered for on
an informal basis.

Table 6.3 -“The above
analysis assumes that
no new benefits accrue
from the provision of the
cycle ways as these
journeys can already be
made.”

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