Rugby Western Relief Road on opening day 29.06.10, looking towards the Bilton Lane junction
The A4071 runs from the A45 at Dunsmore Heath to the A426 to the immediate north of Rugby town centre.
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The A4071 starts at a junction on the A45, known as Blue Boar, after the services on the westbound side. The services takes the name from a farm which was previously in that general location.
From this point on, the road has recently been given a 50 mph speed limit, where it previously was national speed limit. It passes fields either side, and meets a couple of houses at Potford's Dam. From a new roundabout the route travels along the new build Rugby Western Relief Road where it crosses a roundabout and a set of traffic lights, before terminating on the A428 in New Bilton. Work is completed on the northern extension to connect with the A426 at Newbold.Completion date was 10 Sep 2010.
The Rugby Western Relief Road took over the A4071's number and opens on 19 June 2010. The relief road will start at a roundabout on the current A4071 at Potfords Dam, just before the railway bridge. It then meets Cawston Grange Drive at a roundabout, providing access to the residential development at Cawston, and then a signalised junction with Bilton Lane (although it was previously planned to cut off Bilton Lane completely). The new road crosses the River Avon, and meets the A428 Lawford Road at a signalised junction, before continuing up the current Parkfield Road, crossing the railway lines, then a couple of roundabouts for access to industrial premises. The road then meets the B4112 Newbold Road at a roundabout. Further information on the scheme can be found at the Warwickshire County Council project homepage.
The route was previously classified as part of the A427, and was one of the previous starting points of the old road. There is a roundabout under construction here which will be where the Rugby Western Relief Road will continue as the main road into Rugby, replacing much of the A4071 (although the Western Relief Road's number is not yet known). The road passes under an arch railway bridge, which once carred the LNWR Rugby to Leamington branch, now dismantled.
The road then enters the village of Cawston, meeting a roundabout with access to recent housing development, and also another access to the future Western relief road. It then enters the suburb of Bilton, and finally climbing the hill at Bilton Road to reach the gyratory in Rugby town, where it meets the A426 and A428.
The A4071 junction on the A45.
Coming off the A45 junction, and turning onto the A4071.
Route confirmation sign as we head towards Cawston.
Approaching Cawston Roundabout, added fairly recently for access to housing developments.
Cawston Roundabout from Cawston Grange Drive.
An old sign in Bilton, mounted on a lamp post, showing the name of a side-road.
The second route confirmation sign, as we descend further into Bilton.
Signalised junction with May Lane and Lytham Road.
Recently built signalised junction for access to new housing.