Warwickshire County Council’s Regulatory Committee has granted planning permission for much needed improvements to the A46 Stoneleigh junction.
The improvements will see:
- A new, two bridge, gyratory roundabout connecting the A46 and Stoneleigh Road;
- The introduction of pedestrian and cycle facilities providing a new route through the junction for these users;
- The re-alignment of Stoneleigh Road and Dalehouse Lane including alterations to the Dalehouse Lane roundabout; and
- A new bridge across Finham Brook.
The scheme, which is being coordinated and planned by the County Council in conjunction with Coventry City Council, Warwick District Council, Highways England and HS2 Ltd, will improve the movement of vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians at this location. Once construction is completed, the new junction will see an improvement in operation and safety and also enhanced access to the University of Warwick and Stoneleigh Park.
The development of this scheme will also bring benefits to local areas during the construction of HS2, which will be positive for the communities who have expressed concerns about the extra congestion and safety issues that the construction of the high speed rail line may cause.
The improvements to the Stoneleigh Junction form the first phase of the A46 Link Road scheme. This is a major development for the sub-region, which will build on the economic growth it has experienced over the past decade. The improvements to the A46 Stoneleigh junction is the first of potentially three phases – to be implemented over the next 10 years – to ease congestion on local roads, improve access to centres of education and commerce and facilitate growth.
Subject to the funding package for the works being confirmed, the main works are expected to start on site in Spring 2019 with an 18 month construction period. Discussions regarding the coordination of these works with Highways England and HS2 Ltd are already underway to ensure that disruption to the travelling public is kept to a minimum.
In advance of the main contract, some early works will take place to relocate some protected animal species and to undertake site clearance.
Councillor Jeff Clarke, Portfolio Holder for Transport and Planning, welcomed the planning approval for the A46 Stoneleigh junction improvements, adding:
“These works illustrate Warwickshire County Council’s commitment that our businesses and communities are supported by excellent transport infrastructure.
“The existing Stoneleigh junction was constructed in the 1970’s as part of the A46 Kenilworth bypass and no longer meets the needs of modern traffic management. Traffic levels have changed considerably since its construction and this is all too evident in the amount of congestion that regularly builds around the Stoneleigh Road and Dalehouse Lane during rush hour. These improvements will significantly improve traffic flow and ease the current levels of congestion and will see the junction fit for the challenges of the future.”
Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Development, Councillor Alan Rhead added;
“We wholeheartedly welcome the planned improvements to this vital link to the district’s transport network and look forward to reduced journey times for commuters and students and benefits to local businesses. We also hope that the enhancements to pedestrian and cycle routes will encourage more people to look at these options for their journeys.”
More information about the Stoneleigh Junction Improvement and A46 Link Road Schemes are available online: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/a46linkroad