Coventry residents urged to have their say on 'important and exciting' A46 Walsgrave upgrade - The Coventry Observer

17th Aug, 2022

Coventry residents urged to have their say on 'important and exciting' A46 Walsgrave upgrade

MOTORISTS, businesses and residents are being urged to have their say on the upgrade to the A46 in Walsgrave which is being upgraded.

A consultation – launched by National Highways – began this week, offering people to look at the design options and have their say.

The vital upgrade work to the junction is set to cost between £75million and £125million with a final cost set to be determined later in the process following detailed design work.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, online events will take place on Microsoft Teams.

The first is between 6pm and 8pm on Thursday, January 13, with the next on January 26 between 12pm and 2pm and the final one from 11am to 1pm on January 29.

Meeting invitations will be posted on the National Highways web page ahead of each session.

Those unable to attend the online events can speak to the project team via a special telephone call back service.

The A46 is a strategic link between the East and West Midlands and connects Coventry and Warwickshire to the motorway network.

National Highways Project Manager, Joe Mulqueen said the viable design option for the Walsgrave junction was important and incredibly exciting.

“We know that this junction is incredibly busy and once the scheme is complete, it will alleviate congestion at a well-known bottleneck on the A46.

“We’re looking forward to speaking to people to find out what comments they have and to hear their feedback.”

The Government’s Road Investment Strategy (RIS2) 2020 to 2025 included a commitment to the A46 Coventry Junctions scheme, which includes upgrading both the Binley and the Walsgrave junctions.

Work is currently taking place at Binley to create a new £61m flyover set for completion in early 2022.

Current levels of congestion at Walsgrave and the impacts this has on journey time reliability, are having a serious effect on communities and businesses and would constrain future development in the area.

The consultation closes on February 14 when responses will be analysed and a report produced summarising the feedback.

National Highways will then consider it and complete further assessment and design work with the preferred option being announced in the summer before the next stage.

People can phone the design team on 0300 123 5000 to discuss a suitable time for a call back.

Go to nationalhighways.co.uk/our-work/west-midlands/a46-coventry-junctions-upgrade/ for more on the A46 Coventry Junctions scheme, which includes upgrading both the Binley and the Walsgrave junctions.

Work is currently taking place at Binley to create a new £61m flyover set for completion in early 2022.

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