How to Gain Support for a Stratford-upon-Avon South Western Relief Road

The cynic inside of me thinks the publishing of a proposed route for a Stratford-upon-Avon South Western Relief Road in such a contentious location is all part of a cunning plot so that when an alternative route is published people support it because it is far better than the prior proposal.

Let’s take a look at the (unofficial) proposed route

Right next to the racecourse, on the flood plains (resulting in a large elevated section), running almost parallel to the Luddington Road, joining on to Evesham road at bottom of Bordon Hill just outside of housing, probably encourage rat runs through Hathaway Lane. It almost looks like it is located there to rile as many people as possible.

Now let’s take a look at the (unofficial) alternative route

1. A better link to the new Long Marston New Town.
2. Moved away from racecourse.
3. Moved away from flood plains.
4. Moved away from majority of housing in Luddington road.
5. A smaller elevated section crossing river and rail track.
6. Joining on to Evesham Road well out of town.
7. A better route to eventually link through to Alcester Road.
8. Is an actual bypass rather than a so called relief road which provides a way of bypassing Stratford completely.
9. Provides 3 spur routes in to Stratford (via Evesham road, Alcester road and Birmingham road)
10. Far more suitable for larger vehicles.

Has the proposed route been published to make the alternative route look better? – Are they hoping for big campaigns against the proposed route so that when an alternative is suggested it receives more support?

Cynical? Me? – Yeah!

Proposed Route Stratford-upon-Avon South Western Relief Road

Note: proposed route ends at the Evesham road, the one below shows it eventually linking through to the Alcester Road.

Proposed Route – CALA Route

Approximate route of the South West relief road for Stratford-upon-Avon with new bridge over the river Avon and 5m above the railway lines.

Larger Map of Stratford-upon-Avon South West relief road

Alternative Route – The Penrod Route

An alternative route taking the traffic further out from Stratford, away from housing on Luddington Road and other side sewage works. Road.

Larger Map of Stratford-upon-Avon South West relief road

The alternative route could eventually link from Banbury Road to Alcester road, be well outside Stratford with an elevated section resembling an old viaduct over rail lines and river.

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