Below is the latest update of the work programme, showing approximate timescales, proposed road closures, traffic management measures, diversions  and more. We will update this page as the information becomes available. If you have any questions relating to the work, please email

Clarendon Road: major works, January to October 2020

The work involves a full reconstruction of the road, reducing its width in order to widen the footpaths, create more public space and reduce traffic speeds. It will also involve the creation of a new drainage network, utilities, crossings, lighting, signal infrastructure and raised tables for better disabled access.


Location of works: The first phase of the improvement scheme will be between Beechen Grove and St Johns Rd. This phase is due for completion by Saturday 3 October. Due to delays caused by the pandemic and the recent adverse weather conditions, we will be extending the construction working hours up until 9pm Monday to Saturday to ensure the current phase is completed on time.





  • Clarendon Road becomes one-way northbound between Beechen Grove and St John's Road. Two-way traffic operation will remain in place north of St John’s Road. There may be the occasional necessity to close the road, but this would be limited to night-time only

  • Southbound traffic diversion via St Johns Road, Woodford Road, Station Road, St Albans Road and the ring road

  • Speed limited to 20 on Clarendon Road

  • Traffic Management signs and barriers will direct traffic safely.

  • Controlled crossings will be maintained throughout the works for pedestrian safety along with temporary zebra crossings if necessary.



  • Business will have access to their frontages

  • Access maintained for emergency services

  • Access will be co-ordinated for development works: e.g. Gresham House, Victoria House and Hannay House 



  • There will be no bus stops between Beechen Grove and St John’s Road

  • Temporary bus stops will be positioned in Clarendon Road north of St John’s Road and in St John’s Road

  • The taxi rank outside the Holiday Inn will remain active during this phase of work.

Short Term Overnight Closures - The following road closures are planned to take place overnight (9pm to 5am):

  • 7 to 20 September – Clarendon Road

  • 21 September to 4 October – Clarendon Road

  • 5 to 11 October – Clarendon Road

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