FEB 01] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Tram Option Being Looked At For City
a disused Coventry railway station and having a tram link with
Birmingham will be considered among options for reducing the
city’s traffic chaos.
call to re-open Coundon Stop in Moseley Avenue was made by Spon
End residents concerned at the possibility of Holyhead Road being
grid-locked by an increase in traffic.
fear that if taxi manufacturers LTI are given planning permission
to move out of their factory and sell the land for retail use, the
already busy road will become intolerable.
of the Spon End Red Brick Association are also worried by plans to
increase the amount of traffic coming into Coventry by a bus
showcase scheme that will use Allesley Old Road and the Butts.
Chair Kevin Noble has called on Coventry City Council to take a
wider strategic view to prevent residents having to oppose every
development that happens in their area.
support the bus showcase scheme, and we can understand why LTI
need to move, but the problem is the way the consultation is
we were asked our views at an early stage then we wouldn’t
necessarily have to oppose it.
have been really good at talking to us, but the whole structure
of the way the council goes about things is wrong.
who live in the red brick area of Spon End are being trapped in
their streets. Although these developments are separate issues
they affect the same people.”
Cllr John McNicholas, the cabinet member for transport issues,
said these matters were being looked at.
acknowledged that the traffic coming into Coventry from the A45
and out-lying areas was causing traffic problems in the area.
problem we have is that Coventry is a success. People want to
come here, people want to develop here and a lot of the places
they want to develop are in this area.”
said measures such as re-opening the Coundon station would be
considered as options to build into the next stage of the
five-year regional transport plan.
metro in the black country has been a phenomenal success.
Developments are being attracted nearer and nearer to the line.
is capacity between Nuneaton and Birmingham and we have a line
that goes up to Nuneaton. I want to see if it is possible to
have shared use of the heavy railway line and the two metros
could meet in the middle of Birmingham.”
Russell, Assistant Director of the City Development Directorate
added that measures such as park and ride schemes were catered
for, but faced practical difficulties.
have money to develop sites for Park and Ride in the east and
west of the city, but identifying a suitable site in the west is
going to be quite hard.
obvious answer is to use a place in the green belt, but we
wouldn’t want to build on that.
are looking at the longer term strategy. We’ve got a five year
plan but we are considering what to look for at the end of that