The public consultation material issued by Warwickshire County Council is completely silent on the impact of opening up the Bermuda Bridge and creating a relief road through the residential areas of Nuneaton. However the following quotes are taken directly from Warwickshire Councty Councils Own Feasibility into the bridge by JMP Consultants:
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.”
3.53 – “The development will generate and increase traffic volume in the area, as well as alter the traffic composition on local roads“
5.11 “the new link created by the bridge results in a significant diversion from Heath End Road into Bermuda Road in the AM peak.”
The Business Case for the Bermuda Connectivity Project produced by Warwickshire County Council also noted the following:
2.2.11. Accidents on Heath End Road are also likely to reduce as the number of vehicles on the road will decrease. Although there are likely be benefits of the scheme to existing known accident locations, opening the bridge to all traffic could increase the likelihood of accidents occurring along the new route for traffic.
We would also direct consultees to review our Road Safety Briefing Note which provides further details.
You can also search your area for current road accidents statistics from the Department for Transport. Look at the number of accidents along current main road routes along the A444 Griff Way and B4112 Heath End Road and current ‘rat runs’ such as Whittleford Road, Tompkinson Road and Greenmoor Road and compare these within the residential areas affected by the Bermuda Connectivity Project including Bermuda Road, Shillingstone Drive, Tenlons Road, The Raywoods, Northumberland Avenue, Westbury Road & Church Road.
PLEASE ASK YOURSELF AFTER READING THE ABOVE WHETHER YOU WOULD WANT THIS SCHEME RUNNING DOWN YOUR STREET PAST YOUR FRONT DOOR OR THROUGH THE COMMUNITY IN WHICH YOUR FAMILY & FRIENDS LIVE?