Works on 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 progressing well and are on schedule.
The scheme located between Olympus Avenue and the Shires Retail Park roundabout to construct a new signalised junction which will provide access to the Myton Green development, along with widening approximately 450 metres of Europa Way, is expected to be completed in September 2019.
The scheme to the 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 be completed in June 2019. The new junction will provide access into the developments on either side of Europa Way.
Both schemes are being funded by the developers of the adjacent housing sites, but are being delivered by Warwickshire County Council. The Europa Way programme includes a £3.6 million contribution from the Government’s Local Growth Fund through the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership. The County Council is working closely with the developers to minimise the traffic disruption associated with the construction of the schemes and the developments, however traffic management will be required at times.
A weekend closure of Europa Way between the Greys Mallory roundabout and the Gallows Hill / Harbury Lane roundabout is planned for the first weekend of November to carry out road crossings for the utility services. The road will be closed from 8.00am on Saturday 3rd November and is expected to reopen by 6.00am on Monday 5th November. A suggested traffic diversion route will be in place. A weekend road closure of Gallows Hill to divert utility services took place in September with the work completed on time.
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: “The works on Europa Way have got off to a good start and whilst there will inevitably be some travel disruption during construction we are working hard to keep this to an absolute minimum.
“This area is key to Warwickshire’s economy and it needs a robust transport infrastructure if we are to attract and retain businesses and the employment they bring. The transport improvements around Europa Way will benefit both residents and businesses by reducing congestion and journey times, while the sustainable travel improvements will give people a greater range of travel options.”
Gregg Wilkinson, managing director of property development and investment company, Gallagher Estates, said: “We are playing a vital role in creating a new community for Warwick, not just through the delivery of much-needed homes.
“We have shown our commitment by investing in a new primary school, open spaces and community facilities as well as this next stage which is highways and infrastructure to ensure future sustainable growth.”
Martin Yardley, chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Businesses and residents will benefit once the programme of work is completed which, in turn, will boost the local economy and encourage growth. Reducing travelling times will benefit the area and region as a whole since this is one of the important gateways into Leamington and Warwick.”
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.
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.
The Europa Way Corridor Improvement Programme
The Europa Way Corridor Improvement Programme comprises a series of schemes required to accommodate the additional traffic generated by housing and employment development in the area. The programme will improve traffic flow and reduce journey times. It involves:
- 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 with funding from developer contributions and a £3.6 million grant allocation from the Government’s Local Growth Fund through the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise.
Local Growth Fund
Local Enterprise Partnerships are playing a vital role in driving forward economic growth across the country, helping to build a country that works for everyone.
That’s why by 2021 Government will have invested over £12bn through the Local Growth Fund, allowing LEPs to use their local knowledge to get all areas of the country firing on all cylinders.
Analysis has shown that every £1 of Local Growth Fund invested could generate £4.81 in benefits.
- There are 38 LEPs covering the whole of England
- The government has awarded £9.1bn in three rounds of Growth Deals to local areas to drive economic growth.
- LEPs are investing in a wide range of projects informed by detailed analysis of the most pressing economic needs in each of their areas, including transport, skills, business support, broadband, innovation and flood defences.
- The government is committed to making the Midlands an Engine for Growth in the UK, increasing economic growth and improving the quality of life for everyone. The Midlands is home to over 10 million people and over 780,000 businesses. Its economy is worth £217.7 billion.
- So far the government has awarded £1.9 billion in three rounds of Growth Deals across the Midlands.
- 8 Enterprise Zones have been established in the Midlands Engine since 2012, and 3 zones have been extended. By March 2016 these had attracted almost £1 billion of private investment, and created 85 new businesses and 7,291 jobs.