Warwickshire County Council announces successful funding of Stoneleigh Junction improvement scheme

Warwickshire County Council and key strategic partners Coventry City Council and Warwick District Council are pleased to announce that the Department for Transport (DfT) have released £18.1m funding for Warwickshire County Council’s Stoneleigh Junction Improvement Scheme.

Government last week authorised the release of £18.1m towards the Stoneleigh Junction Improvement Scheme. Along with contributions from Warwickshire County Council, the West Midland Combined Authority and other key strategic partners on the scheme, the total funding amount for the improvement works of £38.3m is now in place.

The exciting A46 Stoneleigh Junction Improvement Scheme will see a major improvement implemented at the Stoneleigh junction on the A46 between Coventry and Kenilworth to form a signalised gyratory layout with a two-bridge roundabout.

The core aims of these works are to:

  • Reduce existing delays and queuing
  • Improve road safety for all users
  • Provide capacity at the junction for future committed development in the area

The scheme, when complete, will also help to mitigate the impact of the construction traffic generated during the HS2 construction phase.

These ambitious works will involve installing a new bridge over the A46, realigning Stoneleigh Road and Dalehouse Lane to the west of the junction, a relocated and enlarged roundabout at the Stoneleigh Road/Dalehouse Lane junction and a new bridge over Finham brook.

Councillor Jeff Clarke, Portfolio Holder for Transport and Planning, welcomed the release of funding for the A46 Stoneleigh junction improvements and said:

“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. 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.”

Cllr Jim O’Boyle, Coventry City Council cabinet member for jobs and regeneration, said,

“Whilst outside Coventry, this junction directly affects the ability to get to and from Coventry from the south of the city so this improvement is to be welcomed.

“On the wider point, I hope this will go some way to helping improve access to Warwick University too which is a real traffic pinch point affecting the business districts directly adjacent to the university.”

UK Government Minister for roads, Baroness Vere, added:

“We’re investing in key upgrades to level-up infrastructure for communities.

“These works will be transformative – improving safety, cutting traffic for drivers and opening up greener travel routes.”

More information about the Stoneleigh Junction Improvement Scheme is available online: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/major-transport-construction-projects/a46-stoneleigh-junction/1