Europa Way Corridor Improvement Programme gets underway

The initial road schemes that form the first strand of a major programme of highway and sustainable transport improvements to Europa Way between the M40 and Leamington Spa are expected to start in the coming weeks.

The first scheme in the programme is located between Olympus Avenue and the Shires Retail Park roundabout and is being delivered by Warwickshire County Council and funded by Catesby Estates.

The scheme involves construction of a new signalised junction which will provide access to the Myton Green development along with widening approximately 450 metres of Europa Way.

This scheme is expected to start on the 21st May, but with the initial work being carried out away from the highway and without the need for any traffic controls. A 40mph speed limit is being introduced for the safety of site workers and the travelling public. The scheme will take about 13 months to complete.

A second scheme south of the Gallows Hill roundabout, which involves the construction of a signalised junction and widening of approximately 400 metres of Europa Way, is expected to start at the end of June and is being delivered by Warwickshire County Council and funded by Gallagher Estates.

The new junction will provide access to the developments located on either side of Europa Way and improvements to the local network.

These schemes form part of a larger programme of works to improve traffic flow and reduce journey times on Europa Way. The programme includes:

  • Upgrading Europa Way to dual carriageway between the M40 and Shires Retail Park roundabout.
  • Upgrading existing junctions along Europa Way and within the wider corridor.
  • New junctions to provide access into the development sites.
  • A 500 space Park and Ride facility near to the M40.
  • Cycling and walking infrastructure.

The programme has been developed alongside the Warwick District Local Plan which has allocated approximately 4,500 homes to be built along the Europa Way corridor by 2029. Some of these homes have already been built with others underway. The programme is also required to support the Stratford-upon-Avon District Core Strategy which has allocated 3,000 homes to land near Gaydon which will impact on travel on Europa Way.

The programme is being delivered through a combination of developer led and funded schemes and County Council led schemes, and the Europa Way scheme is being funded through a combination of £3.6 million from the Government’s Local Growth Fund through the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and developer contributions.

Further information on the programme is available at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/europaway. The website will be updated regularly with information on the programme and road works.

Cllr Jeff Clarke, Warwickshire County Council portfolio holder for Transport and Planning said: “Improving transport infrastructure supports our communities and employment growth and is a key priority for us. The programme of improvements for Europa Way will help people get to the places they need to be and will benefit both residents and businesses in the area. It will reduce congestion and journey times and the sustainable travel improvements will give people a greater range of travel options.”

“The construction works will inevitably create some travel disruption and so we ask motorists for patience while we complete this work to improve this important gateway to Warwick and Leamington Spa.”

Cllr Alan Rhead, Warwick District Council portfolio holder for Development, added:

“These improvements will help to achieve the District’s housing requirements whilst tackling the congestion issues on Europa Way which have frustrated road users for many years.  The Local Plan aims to provide around 13,000 new homes in the district by 2029 to support the growth and prosperity of our local economy, 5000 of them will be affordable housing.  This ambitious development around Europa Way will include, not only improvements to the transport infrastructure, but will also see funding for three new primary schools, a secondary school, new health and GP facilities, leisure facilities, new footpaths and cycle ways as well as a 62 hectare country park along the Tach Brook, supporting this new community.”

Martin Yardley, chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The Local Growth Fund was established by the government to create jobs, support businesses and encourage growth and once this project is completed it will achieve all these.

“Reducing travelling times will make a big difference to motorists driving along this corridor and will bring huge benefits to Warwick and Leamington Spa.”

Europa Way provides a key route between the M40 and Leamington Spa and Warwick and regularly experiences heavy congestion, particularly at peak times. House building and employment growth along Europa Way and the wider south Warwick and Leamington Spa area is putting even more pressure on the transport network in this area.

The construction work will inevitably cause some travel disruption, however the County Council is working closely with the developers to minimise the impacts of the works. During the works, motorists may want to consider changing their travel patterns to avoid delays to their journey. This could include changing travel times, taking alternative routes, using a different form of travel or even car sharing. Advice and information on alternative travel options is available at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/activetravel. Travel planning advice is being made available to local businesses and organisations that may be affected by the works.

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