John Whitehouse

Retired County Councillor for Kenilworth Abbey Division Learn more

Automatic Flood Warning System for Kenilworth to go ahead

by John Whitehouse on 9 January, 2014

kenilworth fordFollowing a feasibility study last year, Warwickshire County Council has agreed today to go ahead with an automatic flood warning system for Kenilworth, at a cost of £52,000.

The system will comprise a flood detection sensor at the Ford in Castle Road, electronic warning signs on the approach roads to the Ford, and a new method of controlling the existing traffic signals at the junction of High Street and Bridge Street. When the sensor detects the water at the Ford starting to rise above a pre-determined level, it will activate both the warning signs and the traffic signals control system. The signs will warn motorists that the Ford is closed, and will direct them along the agreed diversion routes both for northbound and southbound traffic. The new traffic signals control system will help to optimise traffic flows through the High Street/Bridge Street junction, and reduce the congestion which the town suffers every time the Ford is flooded.

I’m extremely grateful to my fellow county councillors in Warwick District for agreeing to fund this project, which should bring considerable benefits to the whole town. Ideally we should go ahead with slightly more expensive scheme, at a total cost of £70,000, which would provide for additional electronic warning signs at key locations, but this will be dependent on finding other funding sources for the additional £18,000 it would require. Whether or not this is possible I don’t know at this point, but whatever happens today’s decision is a really good result for Kenilworth.

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  1. Fred Thomas says:

    Was an estimate comissioned for fixing the issue which casuses the road to flood or at least improving the current infastructure which aims to prevent the road from flooding?
    I understand that if the flood is impassable drivers should not drive through – however surely there is a way of addressing the flood rather than mitigating with traffic signals/signage once the road is flooded?

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